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!