Rare 18th century French limestone trough of enormous scale and size, rectangular in shape, used as a water trough for horses. This impressive trough has a beautiful patina showing lichen and moss; lovely consistent proportions. This trough is hand carved and at 81 inches long, with a depth of 24 inches, it's one of the largest and best that we have seen. Would make a beautiful water feature or fountain basin. (Please note, there is a chip to back corner of trough. More pictures to come)
A trough is usually a long, narrow, open stone container, usually box-like and most often used to feed or to give water to animals. Stone troughs were hewn or carved from a single piece of sandstone, limestone, granite, or even marble, usually a local stone. Troughs make a wonderful garden planter, can be used as a fountain or water feature, or simply as a naturalistic focal point in the garden. Uniquely carved, no two troughs are ever the same.