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Yesterday's object, from the other side - nothing I could do about the nasty reflection!  This is a bourdaloue, or lady's chamber pot, with the inscription inside, ‘Aux Plaisirs des Dames’.  The Museum website reports:

 

"The gilt-bronze dragon mounts, floral swags and base and the gilded brass liner were made in the nineteenth century, and include cast pieces in a number of different styles, toned with gold to appear as though they match. The combination of these mismatched parts is an example of a dealer giving new life to a broken pot, adapting and piecing together parts to make a new and extraordinary creation.

 

'It is likely that Sir William Holburne bought the bourdaloue fully assembled, so he probably never saw the inscription that was hidden inside, and so never understood the original purpose of this pot', says Catrin Jones. 'Perhaps he used it as a plant pot – there are certainly examples of people mistaking a bourdaloue for a gravy boat!'

An entertaining scene 2

 

Yesterday's object, from the other side - nothing I could do about the nasty reflection!  This is a bourdaloue, or lady's chamber pot, with the inscription inside, ‘Aux Plaisirs des Dames’.  The Museum website reports:

 

"The gilt-bronze dragon mounts, floral swags and base and the gilded brass liner were made in the nineteenth century, and include cast pieces in a number of different styles, toned with gold to appear as though they match. The combination of these mismatched parts is an example of a dealer giving new life to a broken pot, adapting and piecing together parts to make a new and extraordinary creation.

 

'It is likely that Sir William Holburne bought the bourdaloue fully assembled, so he probably never saw the inscription that was hidden inside, and so never understood the original purpose of this pot', says Catrin Jones. 'Perhaps he used it as a plant pot – there are certainly examples of people mistaking a bourdaloue for a gravy boat!'

comments (15)

C'est un objet étonnant.
Tom Wilson: C'est vrai, Martine!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Feb 2020, 02:10
It makes me smile, Tom.
Tom Wilson: As well it might smile
Mistaking a bourdaloue for a gravy boat would be okay as long as it's thoroughly disinfected, I guess?! smile
Tom Wilson: Use as a plant pot might be safer smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Feb 2020, 06:37
A gravy boat...titter!
Tom Wilson: He, he! I'm reading about what you got up to in your youth in Chad's autobiography - you were quite a naughty fellow, weren't you? smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Feb 2020, 07:00
That is some fancy "night-mirror", Tom. Thank you for the write-up.
Tom Wilson: A lovely object - regardless of purpose!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Feb 2020, 07:20
I can see the gravy mistake can gravely be made. The pot has a weird shape.

What I find intriguing, is the picture on the side. The guy hanging over his donkey (or cow), while inspecting the naked woman.
Tom Wilson: Reflecting a tale from Fontaine it seems.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Feb 2020, 07:40
Ooeeerr...!! I see that I had similar thoughts those who thought it may be plant pot.
Tom Wilson: It could certainly be used as such!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Feb 2020, 07:44
We it is a very fancy bourdaloue.
Tom Wilson: Clearly intended for a fancy lady!
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Feb 2020, 09:46
I had never heard of a bourdaloue before
Tom Wilson: Nor me!
this is an interesting object especially with your text, Tom. the artwork outside is exquisite
Tom Wilson: Yes, a lovely object.
So it could have belonged to Rees-Mogg as he is a big girl's blouse
Tom Wilson: That's a grave affront to big girls' blouses, Bill smile
Maureen might still use it as a plant pot smile
Tom Wilson: It would serve the purpose very well!
I've just showed Maureen both pictures and she guessed straight away from picture 1 what it is!!
Tom Wilson: Good heavens - she must have used them in the past smile
The gravy boat story is disturbing and amusing Tom smile
it's a beautiful crafted ladies chamber pot Tom... the glare above it adds to some of its mystery....petersmile

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