Antique French Garden Sinks

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Modern Victorian. On a stroll through Fleurt in Inner Richmond last year, Jessica (now at Arkitektura) pointed at this antique French garden fountain that owner Jonathan Rachman had sourced from a European dealer and described a customer who had integrated a similar piece into an otherwise modern kitchen.

We'd be hard-pressed to attempt the washing of our big pasta pot in a sink this pretty and delicate, but we can imagine it working beautifully as a bathroom sink. Specifically (the fantasy goes), we'd install an ornate beauty like this in a bathroom that was otherwise minimal: it would be an unexpected textural departure from gleaming, stainless fixtures and a poured concrete tub.

This being bathroom month, we thought we'd pass on this excellent fantasy to anyone out there who's doing a bathroom remodel.

Fleurt currently has two in stock, one in white and one in rusty brown. This one is $445.

You may be able to find similar antiques at architectural salvage centers or flea markets.