Our inspiration for this beautiful French Bateau (Boat) style bathtub emanated from the original design by Rogeat and a few other European makers from around the 1880’s. Our version is wider and deeper and we produce this tub in two different sizes.
The French Bateau tub has a long bathing floor and ample width with exceptional depth to overflow.
This 73” version French Bateau is perfectly sized for larger, taller bathers and offers exceptional space for two bathers.
This is our fabulous Mirror Polished Zinc finish. 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.
With the Toulouse, we aim at a tub with a smoother finish exterior with few, if any, visible cast marks. To this extent, we finish the exterior of the tub as smoothly as we can before bonding and coating with the molten zinc.
Since cast iron is totally porous by nature, some tiny areas of porosity will be seen throughout the surface of the tub, but in different lights and viewed from different angles, these will be almost invisible. These tiny zinc coated dots also add enormous character to the finish, ensuring that no two tubs are identical. The polished zinc is not hugely reactive in passive settings and will only darken slightly in appearance throughout many years in a bathroom. For exterior care, very little is required, a wipe with a soft, damp soapy cloth. For more stubborn stains, a soft cloth with some Mothers polish will remove these easily.