Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Ever Adapting Cast Iron Freestanding Bath Tub

It is amazing to me how the Internet has so quickly morphed from a source of basic entertainment, information, and shopping into such an integral aspect of millions of peoples’ lives. It seems like a revolutionary technology innovation becomes widely commercialized at the end of each of the past couple of centuries. Just as the Internet was introduced into American homes at the end of the 20th century, indoor plumbing was introduced towards the end of the 19th century. The bathroom became a necessary component of every floor plan for new homes built thereafter.

The classic cast iron clawfoot bath tub became a common fixture of early bathrooms. The design of clawfoot tubs in many ways were an adaption of Victorian furniture designs of the period. Tubs rested on ornate ball and claw or lion’s paw feet similar to those found on tables, stands and other furniture of the day.

The popularity of fanciful furniture embellishments, like ball and claw feet, waned following the end of World War I. The Art Deco style of the post World War I period featured sleek designs inspired by the shapes of modern machinery such as air planes and trains. Cast iron bath tubs manufactured during this time rested on smooth pedestal bases. Art Deco style and pedestal tubs remained popular throughout the 1930’s.

During the mid-part of the 20th century, the commercial introduction of drop-in bath tubs essentially brought an end to the freestanding bathtub. As a result, the bathtub was no longer seen as a piece of furniture. In many ways the bath tub became much more utilitarian. It took on more of the aesthetic qualities of the kitchen sink than that of the couch in the parlor.

Fortunately, renewed interest in the design potential of uniquely styled bath tubs brought about the reintroduction of many styles of freestanding bath tub in the later half of the 20th century. Not only are modern freestanding tubs enjoying increased popularity but reproductions of classic clawfoot and pedestal tubs are now also back in style. Check out all of Shop 4 Classics' modern and antique reproduction clawfoot tubs and remember to use our TUB10 promotional code for added savings.

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