French 18th Century Hand-Carved Limestone Trough, Originally Used to Press Hams
This small heavily-lichened and mossy hand-carved limestone trough has an unusual interior shape, as it was originally used to press hams. We love it for its fabulous patina and deep well that is water-tight and so can be used as a fountain in a petite garden or on a terrace. However, you can always use it as a planter and we can drill drain holes in it upon request. It has unusual “cut” corners and has slightly irregular exterior dimensions, as it was hand-carved long ago. If placed directly on damp soil in a shady spot, the moss will green up and you will be amazed at how much there is. Dimensions are as follows: 30.5” wide on one long side x 32” wide on the opposing long side x 21” deep on one short side x 22” deep on the opposing short side x 19.75” high x 11” internal depth.
Rare Large 17th C French Hand-Carved Limestone Corner Trough
Truly a very rare and special piece from Cognac, France, this trough was hand-carved to fit into a corner and, as such, has a rounded or bowed front on two sides, while the other two sides are flat. Originally used as a water cistern, it has a lightly-weathered surface with some moss, as it sat under a covered roof for centuries. There is an old repair to the front right of the curved side that shows as a vertical line, but it’s not ugly and in fact, will weather over in a few years. The trough is entirely watertight, but the photos do show a small area of dampness around our makeshift corks that we use to plug the original two drain holes. It will not leak once you have it properly plugged. It would make a fabulous water feature and is sufficiently deep to hold koi and water plants galore. Or plant it up with a spectacular array of flowers and vines. Please email or call us for better photos if you want. These aren’t the greatest! Please note that this piece weighs about 3000 lbs and will require a forklift to unload from the delivery truck. It should be installed on a concrete base to prevent sinking into the ground. The trough is hardy in all climates, provided that you empty it and cover the top in locations where freezing occurs in the winter.
France, CA 1650
Dimensions are as follows:
H: 26 in; Right Flat Side Width: 42.52in; Left Flat Side Width: 41.13 in; Corners to Front of Curve: 43.31 in; Back corner to front of curve: 53 in; Interior Depth: 20.87 in.
Large Hand Carved 18th Century French Limestone Trough with Patina
One of the finest troughs sourced on our most recent buying trip to France, this stunning hand carved limestone trough is in excellent antique condition and features a fabulous patina with heavy lichen in white, yellow and orange. It has no cracks or repairs and is water-tight. Interior depth is 15.35 inches. Place it in your garden filled with water plants and maybe even a few small koi for a stunning display. There is an original and rusted-through drainpipe on the exterior of one of the short sides that we can cut and remove for you prior to shipping. Please note that in cold winter climates, the trough must be drained and covered, and we recommend that you install it on a concrete slab to prevent sinking and water wicking from the bottom, as it weighs about 2500 lbs.
Rare Form Square French Limestone Square Trough with Rounded Corners
This is a form we have never seen before and the gentleman from whom we purchased it referred to it as a "douche", French for "shower" but if so, it must have been the basin. Hand carved of limestone and dating to the late 18th century, it would make a serene pond in a small garden and is sufficiently deep to float water plants, as well as convert it into a fountain (interior depth is 7 inches). With its lovely lichened patina with patches of moss, it would also make a fabulous planter. Although the bottom edges are chipped and a bit uneven, we have tested it for water-tightness and there are no leaks, nor prior repairs. Please note that we have plugged the large drain-hole with our pneumatic plug that is not included in the sale. In cold winter climates, the trough must be drained and covered and we suggest installation on a concrete slab to prevent sinking and water wicking.
Large 18th C French Stone Trough with Orange & Yellow Lichen
This stunning trough is unusual in its form, being that it is taller and more narrow than others we have seen. This makes it a great candidate for a spot where you need a water feature (or planter) that is long on loos, has great height but where you don't want it to project out so far. Hand-carved of limestone with a darkened patina porting loads of white, yellow and orange lichen, this piece has a shallow indentation on the top of one short side where a pipe once laid to pump water into a house. It is a little bit uneven on the top and sides, but this does not detract for its beauty or utility and wh have done our best to show its form in the photos. This trough has been tested for water-tightness and does not leak, nor does it show any repairs or cracks. We have taken a 360 degree video of it holding water, which you can request from us. In cold climates, this trough must be emptied and covered during winter and we recommend it be installed on a concrete slab or footings to prevent sinking and water wicking. Weight is approximately 2500-2800 lbs. Interior depth is 18.9 inches, so loads of room for water plants and small koi. Please feel free to contact us for trough care in your region.
Round-Edged 18th C Hand-Carved Cornish Granite Trough
We so love granite from Cornwall and we were lucky enough to score two gorgeous troughs on our last buying trip. This one is the smaller of the two and features a rectangular shape with beautifully-rounded corners and a heavily weathered surface complete with lichen and moss. It is the perfect size for a small water feature or a planter and granite is the hardest of stone, so no worries about leaving this beauty outside in any climate year-round uncovered. Please note weight is approximately 1000 lbs., but we will palletize it for shipping.
We so love granite from Cornwall and we were lucky enough to score two gorgeous troughs on our last buying trip. This one is the larger of the two and featured a nearly oval shape with beautifully-rounded corners and a heavily weathered surface complete with lichen and moss. It is the perfect size for a water feature or a planter and granite is the hardest of stone, so no worries about leaving this beauty outside in any climate year-round uncovered. Please note weight is approximately 1250 lbs., but we will palletize it for shipping. Please note that one end of the trough is 15 inches; high, while the other end is 13 inches high. This is normal for hand-carved troughs of this age and granite is so hard that the taller end can be placed below grade by 2 inches in any climate without risk of cracking. Or you can use a shim on the shorter end.
Pair of Long Galvanized Zinc French Troughs/Planters
The clean industrial look of these troughs is softened by the ribbed decoration on each end and each sports 4 small v-shaped feet to raise them slightly off the ground. They would make an eye-catching display on a terrace or flanking a large doorway potted up with an abundance of tall annuals or mounded moss for a zen look. In excellent condition with no cracks, repairs, dents or missing pieces, they are impervious to harsh climates and can be left outside year-round. One comes with its original stopper while the other one can be made watertight with a cork, should you decide to convert htese into fountains with floating water plants such as papyrus.
This magnificent and very large hand-carved limestone trough features a pale creamy patina with lichen and some residual ivy vines. It had been lined around the inside bottom edge with a skim-coat of color-matched cement (as we found it) but when we tested it for water-tightness, we found that an old repair had given away and needed reinforcement. It is now without leaks and would make a fabulous fountain or water feature. Please note that the weight is on the order of 4000 lbs and a forklift is required for shipping and delivery. Perfect as a focal point in a large garden, either as a fountain or as a planter. In the last photo, this trough is the one to the far left-hand side.
France, CA 1800.
H: 29.75 in D: 42 in W: 82 in Internal Depth: 21.75 in
15th Century French Granite Lavoir or Trough with Fountain Backplate
This rare and unusual keystone-shaped granite lavoir trough is from Sathe, France and dates to the 15th century. In amazing weathered condition, it has a contemporary feel because of its shape and color and would make an stunning focal point in your garden with its accompanying évier or fountain backsplash, mounted on a wall to cascade water into the lavoir. Alternatively, it would serve as a fabulous planter or self-contained herb garden! Durable in all climates, this one can remain outside uncovered anywhere (but do drain it, please). Very heavy (around 4000 lbs.), it will require a forklift when delivered. It would make an eye-catching fountain presentation in combination with our accompanying évier. The évier, hand-carved in the 15th century from a hard French limestone, was originally used as a receptacle for water piped inside a house through the lipped edge and down the channel to a little pool for washing. We envision it as a backplate for this lavoir fountain, drilled with a simple bronze spigot, with the water flowing down the channel into the lavoir. The lavoir (trough) measures 19 in high x 44 in wide x 78.5 in deep. The évier (backplate) measures 34 in high x 10 in deep x 44 in wide. Overall height of both pieces together is 53 inches.
Enormous Round 19th Century French Hand-Carved Stone Trough
One of the most exceptional finds of a recent buying trip, this enormous round trough is hand-carved from a hard limestone known as Pierre de Deux Sevres. Its warm honey color and light weathering are most appealing and it would be stunning as a fountain feature with a center flume or gentle bubble, Alternatively, it's big enough to accept a large tree or exuberant planting, if you choose. In superb condition and very rare in size and shape, this one won't last long! Please note that the lightly-weathered surface is because the piece was used in an indoor building and shielded from the elements, but we guarantee its age. Interior measurements: 47.75 in. diameter x 26.5 in. high interior depth.
This beautiful mid-19th C hand-carved demilune trough is in excellent condition and would make a fabulous sink in a powder room or butler's pantry. We can have a drain drilled for you. Alternatively, it would make a great planter or small fountain. Interior depth is 8.75".