Modern Living: Rub-a-Double-Tub

Rub-a-Double-Tub A bath's a fine and private place, And some, I think, do there embrace.

The message in the window of a bathroom boutique in London's elegant Mayfair district has a familiar ring. It is a takeoff on a couplet* from 17th century English Poet Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress." There is nothing familiar about the bathtub for sale inside. It measures a hearty 24 sq. ft., is meant for two—preferably not square—bathers, and is fast becoming the new style in ablutions for the luxury trade around the world.

The British supertub...

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