Bath Art. Victoria & Albert says its Napoli tub is more than a mere fixture — it's "installation art." Made from a combination of volcanic limestone and resin that's as strong as cast iron but half as heavy, the vessel measures 75 inches long and 34 inches wide, accepts freestanding or wall-mounted faucets, and sells for $4,500. Victoria & Albert, 800/421-7189, www.englishtubs.com

Heavyweight. Stone Forest designed its Papillon tub to complement a chic black-and-white bathroom. The hand-carved black-granite fixture is 68 inches long, 44 inches wide, and 26 inches high — and it weighs about 1,800 pounds, so check those floor joists. It costs $18,000. Carrara marble and limestone models are available as well, for $21,000...

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