This bathtub falls in the category of “work of art”. It has a tin lining with a carved stone exterior. The base is a wood molding with great patina and the gold decoration Napoleonic. In fact, this tub was designed for Napoleon himself. He was a fanatic about his personal hygiene and was devoted to cleanliness at a time (1850′s) when the average Parisian bathed 2.25 times per year. History tells us that Napoleon had a passion for hot baths and often spent more than an hour in the steamy atmosphere.
Josephine also bathed every day, at Napoleon’s request, always traveling with her kettles, basin and bowls, all made of silver.
The tub is a beautiful shape, and designed for soaking. We can take inspiration from this antique French Empire example.