ISSUE 2  |  Salle de Bain

10 Easy Pieces: Classic Freestanding Bathtubs

January 11, 2012 11:30 AM

BY Janet Hall

Nothing conjures relaxation like a long soak in a traditional clawfoot tub.

Our roundup of classic freestanding tubs (all come without fittings, unless otherwise noted) are equally at home in traditional and modern bathrooms.

Victoria & Albert Modern Double-Ended Freestanding Tub

Above: Victoria and Albert’s Cheshire Bath is crafted of a composite material called Englishcast, a blend of volcanic limestone and resin that results in a naturally white tub. It doesn’t have a surface coating that can chip or peel, and has better insulating qualities than traditional cast-iron tubs. With white feet and a chrome drain, it’s $2,036 at Home and Stone (other options available).

Above: Made of a composite material that provides thermal insulation, the Waterworks Empire Freestanding Bathtub is $9,280 at Waterworks.

Above: Victoria and Albert’s York Bathtub is made of Englishcast with a high-gloss finish; $2,027 at Quality Bath.

Above: White House designer Michael Smith created the Town Bathtub for Kallista; $13,350, available through showrooms that carry Kallista.

Above: The Aston Matthews Astonian Rimini Roll Top Cast Iron Double Ended Bath comes with a primed and paint-ready finish; currently £736 (usually £921) through Aston Matthews.

Above: The three-layer enamel-coated, cast-iron Beaumont Freestanding Oval Bathtub is available with iron scroll feet (shown) or traditional claw feet; prices start at $9,018 at Waterworks.

Above: Made of cast iron with a white porcelain interior and a white enameled exterior, the Piedmont Pedestal Soaking Tub has a rolled rim and slipper-style ends for comfortable soaking. It comes with a floor-mounted tub filler and telephone-style handheld shower; $7,795 at Restoration Hardware.

Above: Drummonds’ cast-iron baths, made by hand using traditional techniques, can be ordered in four finishes: raw, primed, polished, or painted with a choice of Sophie Conran paint colors; prices for the Spey Tub start at £2,825.

Above: The Palais Pedestal Soaking Tub is made of cast iron, coated with white porcelain on the interior and white enamel on the exterior. It includes faucet, telephone-style handheld shower, and necessary fittings; $4,150 at Restoration Hardware.

Above: For a relatively affordable classic clawfoot tub, consider the Randolph Morris 72-Inch Classic Clawfoot Tub. Made with traditional porcelain over cast-iron construction, it’s $1,199.95 at Vintage Tub.