'The Fontenay-PC-73' 73" Cast Iron Chariot Clawfoot Tub with a Mirror Polished Zinc Exterior and Drain (polished zinc looks like silver but does not tarnish like silver)
Perhaps the most elegant of all bathtubs, this Chariot clawfoot offers a large bathing area with a sit up position. It has excellent depth to overflow for a really deep soak. Our 73” long version of this beautiful Chariot style clawfoot 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 even the tallest single bather, the 73” version is amply sized inside, this tub is also extremely suitable for two person bathing.
This is our Mirror Polished Zinc version. The cast iron tub is left in its original form as it exits the mold and cleaned of any excess iron scale. We then finish the inside of the tub with thick, bright white enamel before completing the exterior. Onto the raw iron exterior, we apply twelve layers of pure molten zinc.
While still retaining many original cast marks, the zinc is an almost mirror silver raw living finish that may tarnish or darken very slightly over the years. It is very simple to maintain and a wipe with a soft cloth and some soapy water will remove most marks. For more stubborn stains, a soft cloth with some Mothers polish will remove these easily.