Antique "Personal" item with interesting provenance/display

So here is the story. I'm combing the flea markets in France one day (I know, I know, its a tough job) and I come across this strange item. I like old china feeding dishes or so called Pap Boats, and this thing caught my eye. I asked the seller what it is.. he had no idea. But it was super cheap, so I decided to buy it for the pure fun of the research. What do you know... in the very next week's edition of "Collector's Life" magazine, in the regular column "For your information", someone has written the magazine about this exact same item, wondering what it is. No one knows. I bring the item home, and do some research. Ok I'm not positive on this next part and you shouldn't read on if you are at all a little prudish...I think this is an old porcelain tool to give a douche or enema, more likely the former. If you look at this thing, it has a slightly curved shape and a large protrusion with holes in the middle of the inside. on the outside, there is a nob with a hole... probably for a rubber tube to pass water through. And there is a hole underneath the main contraption: probably to plug with your finger while douching, and to release to rinse out. Oh my!!! I decided to cut out the magazine article and frame the item to display in my ensuite bath (where my mother wouldn't see it!!!) It came down after we moved and we haven't done anything with it since so its time for it to go. Only thing is since then, our pet pig Gilligan, of "the Dotty Pig" fame, nibbled on the bottom of the black frame (see store info for more information on Gilligan and how he has a taste for genuine items of value or special interest!) The frame is black wood and the item is mounted on forest green suede. The entire shadow box piece measures 13.5 inches tall, 12.75 inches wide, and 2.75 inches deep. Do you have a friend who is a gynecologist? Perfect gift!! I will translate the page for the buyer, but in a nutshell the article is titled "Strange Porcelain Item" and basically no one knows what it is.

Item ID: AC131

$200 USD

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The Dotty Pig

Amy Campbell, Carp, ON, Canada   

Eclectic Antiques

Member since 2012

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