If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I have a weakness for French antiques, and I’m always on the lookout for them. I get so excited when I find French pieces in estate sales, auctions, or directly from Europe. So, of course, I was thrilled when I found this French Lavabo wall sink.
This beauty originated in Europe and it is particularly fabulous! It’s perfectly crusty, chippy, and flaky in all the right places, and the bottom is painted in a drool worthy pale blue!
Dating to the early 1900’s, these cast iron wall sinks, known as a “lavabo” were usually mounted on the outside walls of the European homes. They were used for hand washing before entering the house.
Made of enameling over cast iron, many times the bottoms were painted in beautiful colors such as this one is. Those are highly sought after.
The lavabos could be very simple in design, as well as very detailed cast iron.
Today, they are sought after for many uses, including hanging on a garden or patio wall as a planter for flowers, herbs, etc. They have such Old World style and character!
They are really perfect as a planter because of the drainage in the bottom of the bowl.
Lavabos make a very interesting functional sink for a potting area or mud room.
Many of them are still in wonderful condition when found.
Some lavabos are fancier than others……..I wonder if that was a reflection of the family “status”?
So many uses and ideas come to mind for these old European wall sinks.
I think one mounted by the front door with flowers would be gorgeous! Maybe stamped with your address or a cute French quote on the back plate! I also love the idea of one mounted on the wall in the bathroom above a tub, filled with pretty towels, soaps, etc.
No matter what you re-purpose the lavabo for, it remains one of my very favorite things!
On another note…..I wanted to share that we have a petite feature in the Summer addition of French Style Magazine!
We were thrilled when the editor of French Style Magazine asked us to contribute to their article on collecting ironstone.
French Style Magazine is a quarterly publication and this Summer edition will be on newsstands until June, so be sure pick up a copy! It’s filled with some stunning French interiors!
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