This beautifully carved, small limestone basin from Italy has an arched top with shaped indents. The back panel has a wonderful sunflower carved within a circle. This rests upon a shaped and shorter secondary block. The shallow basin has a drain for the water that is surrounded by a floral rosette that mirrors the back panel. Before installation, a hole is to be bored at the center of the sunflower to match the diameter of your chosen spout or tap. The piece has been hand carved from a soft, cream colored Italian limestone.
This type of piece was often used in the courtyards and gardens of Italian homes as a decorative surround for a faucet. It could also be installed on an elevated surface, to be used as a garden sink or lavabo for washing hands. The small size permits it to be placed nearly anywhere, indoors or out. Also, because of the flat basin, you may plug the hole and use this as an outdoor bird bath.
CONDITION: Good condition with intentional ageing and distressing to stone, including varying patina and nicks as seen in photos. Comes in 3 sections.