For a similar look with easier maintenance, go for a pedestal tub instead. These models have the generous soaking space and graceful lines of their claw-foot cousins, but they rest on a solid base instead of feet. They look more updated and swallow less space than the whirlpool versions that were all the rage in the '90s, and they add a touch of spa-like luxury to the simplest of baths.
LIME PLASTER better than concrete???? Tadelakt shower with stone inlay from Jeffrey the Natural Builder (Tadelakt is a nearly waterproof lime plaster used on both the interior and exteriors of buildings)