Bassenas: Antique Sinks in Lviv

Many of Lviv’s old buildings had communal sinks located in courtyards, hallways, or on galleries.

No longer a water source for the residents of these buildings, most of the sinks have been removed and today are popular antiques. Only a handful remain in their original locations, especially the decorative ones with manufacturer’s marks. On the other hand, many can still be viewed by the public in many of Lviv’s restaurants, which use them as decorations as well as sinks.

These are one of just a handful of antique sinks that can still found in their original location:

Courtyard sink-turned flowerpot.

This sink is located in the hallway of an old building:

This courtyard sink has been painted over:

 The following have been removed:

This one was made by Becker Guss in Vienna. It looks like it has been restored, and so it’s possible it wasn’t originally found there:

Repurposed Sinks

A door side table:

Flower pots:

Decoration at a Jewish festival:

In Restaurants & Cafes

Today there is a trend for restaurants to use the antique sinks in their bathrooms:

Sink at Kumpel Restaurant

Perkun also made manhole covers

Sink at Sztuka Cafe, manufactured by Zygmunt Rodakowski Lwów


Manufactured by Galicyjskie Akcyjny Towarzystwo E. W. K. we Lwowie

Manufactured by Bracia Mund Lwów

Manufactured by J. Rzędowski Lwów Przemyśl

By Areta Kovalska

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