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1757-1758 French Sèvres chamber pot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Looking at the elongated oval shape of this piece, I think it was specifically a bourdaloue: a chamber pot designed to allow women to use them without disrobing or attempting to squat while in large and cumbersome dresses.  These would be discreetly slipped underneath the skirt and held between the thighs when in use; if executed with grace, a woman could use one standing up.

Bourdaloue (Pot de chambre ovale) Sèvres Manufactory Date: Medium: Soft-paste porcelain Accession Number: On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 523

An anatomically shaped female urinal named after the French preacher, Louis Bourdaloue (1632-1704), renowned for his bible-bitingly lengthy sermons. Description from pegsandtails.wordpress.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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Chamber Pot (Bourdaloue) Artist/Maker(s): Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1725 - about Culture: French Place(s): Chantilly, France (Place created) Date: about 1740 Medium: Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamel decoration

bourdaloue - an 18th century portapotty

Regency Hygiene: The Bourdaloue

Sevres bourdaloue, circa Often mistaken for a gravy boat to the uninitiated. Ladies in the century would relieve themselves using a Bourdaloue in churches and theatres where there were no lavatories.

Chinese Export Porcelain Covered Chamber Pot, late 18th/early 19th century, shaped vessel with a gilt fruit-form knop on the domed cover, and reeded lapped strap handles, with allover polychrome enamel painted flowers, butterflies, birds, and insects, ht. 5 5/8, wd. 4 3/4, lg. 10 in.

Chinese Export Porcelain Covered Chamber Pot, late 18th/early 19th century, shaped vessel with a gilt fruit-form knop on the domed cover, and reeded lapped strap handles, with allover polychrome enamel painted flowers, butterflies, birds, and insects, ht. 5 5/8, wd. 4 3/4, lg. 10 in.

Bourdaloue - chamber pot for ladies - 1750s. A necessary item when wearing hooped petticoats and layers. Women could use them standing up with the aid of their chambermaid. Note how the shape conforms to the female form. A good item to have also when away from home, travelling. Note this one has a lid!

Bourdaloue - chamber pot for ladies - A necessary item when away from home, travelling. Note this one has a lid!,,,I always wondered!

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Do you know where "they don't have a pot to pee in" comes from? Back in the old days, well-to-do families used chamber pots and emptied the.

One of a pair of blue and white Spode piss pots, or bourdaloues. Society ladies would use these to discreetly relieve themselves while out and about. I'm curious, though - would you carry your own around with you, or would they be provided for the convenience of lady guests at any house/theatre/assembly rooms etc you might visit?

One of a pair of blue and white Spode piss pots, or bourdaloues. Society ladies would use these to discreetly relieve themselves while out and about.

Coughton Court 'Bourdaloue' by National-Trust, via Flickr

Coughton Court 'Bourdaloue' by National-Trust, via Flickr

Westerwald Stoneware Chamber Pot with Applied Lions and Medallion, unknown date (Crokerfarm)

Westerwald Stoneware Chamber Pot with Applied Lions and Medallion -- Lot 400 -- July 2011 Stoneware Auction

1701-1735 Dutch Bourdaloue at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - a portable urinal designed specifically for women to use underneath their skirts. Particularly useful for travel, at the theatre and when out and about in one's carriage!

Bourdaloue

Dutch Bourdaloue at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - a portable urinal designed specifically for women to use underneath their skirts. Particularly useful for travel, at the theatre and when out and about in one's carriage!

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