The old-fashioned faucets add to the old-world effect, but what really makes the sink special is that extra layer of marble in back.
That wasn't part of the plan, but somehow the slab we bought cracked in transport. When something goes wrong, you have to get creative, so I had them get another segment that matched and we put it on top to cover the crack. People think it's Carrara marble, but it's actually Calacatta Oro, which is softer and creamier and much less gray. It's a very impractical surface. Even a glass of water will leave a ring, but having said that, I would do it again. Nothing else has that old English country house look. It's honed, and you can have it rehoned if necessary.
Wait, what? You can't even put a glass of water on the counter? Having said that, maybe I don't love this kitchen all that much, after all.
Let's close with this: