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Provenance: Antwerp, Belgium
Circa: 18th Century
Material: Hand-carved Belgian Bluestone
Dimensions: 22 1/2" wide x 31 1/2" long x 12" high x 9" deep
Weight of basin: 460 pounds
If you're looking for an historic showpiece - this sink would be it. This antique Belgian bluestone sink showcases the talent of the stone mason who carved it. The interior basin has an incredible hand-hammered texture - where the mason had to use force to carve out the interior of the trough. Notice the hand-chiseled rim of short striated marks that was done to even out the rim of the trough. Longer striation marks stretch down the sides to form the trough into a rectangular oblong shape. Was he trying to make it look more elegant? The bottom interior of the basin has the original mortar applied to continue it's use - knowing the effort and capability this basin still delivered. And finally - the original hand-forged wrought iron circular hook that was used to keep horses secure as they drank fresh water from the trough offers incredible contrast of materials: stone + metal. A rare and beautiful find.
Recommended Sealer after Installation: Akemi Stain Repellent Nano Effect for French Limestone and Belgian Bluestone Flooring
Cleaning and Maintenance: Clean with Black Soap (Savon Noir) to disinfect, maintain, protect and enhance patina.
Disclaimer - these artisan, antique focal point, stone basin sinks are not install ready. A qualified plumber/artisan will need to add the proper drain and overflow holes.