This is a "d'evier en pierre de cassis" a hand carved stone sink similar to the one in our apartment in Cassis. Most of the homes in Provence had them in the 1800s. In the last home we lived in our sink was like this too.
Yann met with the family who owned the fisherman's house that we bought. WOW! It has been in their family for four generations. The couple who owned the house are in their late seventies now. Their grandfather was a stone mason who worked in Cassis with the stone from the region, he made the kitchen sink that is in the apartment.
They asked Yann if we planned to keep the sink? (it weighs 500 pounds). Usually the sinks don't survive. Usually these type of sinks, are broken out of the wall, as they are too heavy and cumbersome to extract and manage.
Yann asked them if wanted the sink that their grandfather had created, and they said no but that they feared we might remove it, they were relived when Yann told them that his crazy American wife had planned to kept it and use as a bathroom sink. They sighed relief, and were pleased. He didn't tell them that I had to beg "BEG" to keep the sink. He didn't tell them, "My wife and I usually see things differently... and she has to pick her "renovating" battles. The sink was one of the battles she picked." No he didn't tell them that. Instead he soaked up their praise, and that means YEAH for me! Maybe when I tell him my next idea he will just say YES instead of, "Of Cor- ay, it is not poss E-bal."
The Fisherman's house, was divided years ago into five units: One restaurant, Two apartments (we but one) and two storages for the restaurant (we bought one of those as well). Their grandmother had a grocery shop on the bottom floor (where Chez Gilbert Restaurant is now). Oh such history!
If you understand French there is a video about Cassis and the famous rocks, Pierre de Cassis (here).
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