To create something original, you must first fully understand your past’ is an appropriate maxim for a company that began nearly thirty years ago when founder Tony O’Donnell spotted a gap in the market for restoring baths. Having purchased a house with an old cast iron roll top bath, he couldn’t find anyone to renovate it. So he started Catchpole & Rye as a specialist cast iron bath enamelling service and soon began visiting France to buy antique sanitary and bathware. Many of his best pieces, however, such as the impressive canopy baths, were salvaged from stately homes or castles in the UK. O’Donnell, recognising their cracked and peeling historic beauty, rescued them from disuse and restored their former glory.
Many of the new cast iron and bateau baths Catchpole & Rye make today are inspired by those original antiques, but their timeless aesthetic has been updated to 21st century standards (and some products are made from recycled metals). The cast iron bath collection is mostly produced at a foundry in Kent using the same techniques that have been perfected over the past 100 years. The design of the original Bain de Bateau bath, for example, dates back over 120 years, and is reproduced by exactly the same methods. The result is akin to a work of art.
The design of the original Bain de Bateau bath dates back over 120 years and is reproduced by exactly the same methods. The result is akin to a work of art