Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820

A rare and most striking Pink Lustre Bourdaloue, c. 1820. Bourdaloues were personal hygiene items for women in the 18th and 19th centuries: an anatomically shaped vessel that could be used in situations where getting to a water closet or similar area of privacy was difficult or impossible. They were used on long carriage rides, during 5 and 6-hour sermons in drafty churches, and, I am told, even at dinner parties (where the men could simply excuse themselves and use a corner of the room). Legend has it that the name “Bourdaloue” comes from a 17th century French priest by that name who regularly preached 6 and 7 hour sermons in cold, drafty churches, and, of course, it would have been impolite (or worse) if a woman left the church in the middle of one of these marathon preachings sessions. More specifics can be provided, but I think your imagination can fill in the details.

While Bourdaloues in general are not very common, this is the only Pink Lustre example I have ever seen. It is also larger than the others I have handled (not going there, that’s for sure!): this one measures 10” from handle to spout and 3 ¼” at the widest point (near the handle); it is 3 ¼” high. It is in excellent condition with strong “Splash” glaze and no chips, cracks, lines or restorations. There are no maker’s markings, but I feel confident that it is French in origin (how appropriate), possibly Sarrgumines. Be the first in your neighborhood to have one!

ITEM ID
WPA 1007
ITEM TYPE
Antique
TYPE
Pottery
COLOR
Pink

Pink Lustre “Bourdaloue” (Personal Hygiene Item), c. 1820

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