'The Bordeaux-73-VC' 73" Cast Iron Chariot Tub with PURE METAL Verdigris Copper Exterior and Drain
A visually stunning, large bathtub, this 73" Bordeaux Chariot Pedestal offers a sizable bathing area with a sit up position. It has excellent depth to overflow and extremely spacious interior.
This is our simply stunning 73” Verdigris Copper version. This tub has a pure copper coated exterior which is aged, a thick cast iron center and a high gloss, high grade enameled interior. To protect the exterior and seal in the beauty, we apply four coats of high grade clear lacquer.
The copper is applied to the tub exterior as it exits the mold portraying natural, interesting and unique mold markings which truly enhance the beauty of the tub.
Our 73” long version of this beautiful Chariot style pedestal bathtub was inspired by the original Chariot tubs manufactured by Rogeat in Lyon, France around the 1850’s. The original was a little narrow for modern bathing expectations and we make ours a little wider. The additional width does not deflect from the beauty of the original piece. For most single bathers, the 59” version is amply sized inside.We use pure copper for the exterior on the Verdigris Collection. The iron cast tub is left in its original format as it exits the mold and cleaned of excess iron scale.
How the Verdigris Finish is Created
We first apply the thick high gloss enamel interior before finishing the exterior. Onto the raw iron exterior, we apply twelve layers of molten copper. After the copper coating, we agitate the surface and apply specially developed patina accelerators to emulate the environmental effects of twenty years of aging on a copper surface.
The Verdigris copper presents a kaleidoscope of colors with copper and Verdigris hues, each being totally unique. To achieve the best natural results, we allow the tub to stand for seven days and nights before finishing.
Since the Verdigris finish is quite soft and susceptible to removal if scratched, we coat the finish with four layers of high-grade clear lacquer. This coating not only protects the surface but it highlights the vibrancy of the created patina.
Maintaining the exterior is very simple, any marks will wipe off easily with a soft cloth and soapy water. We understand that many purchasers will wish their tub to be exactly as per the photo, but this is not possible. However, we do try to accommodate a clients preferences for finished patina where we can.