Gilded bourdaloue

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Gilded bourdaloue


A bourdaloue or ladies travelling chamberpot, which is an eighteenth-century slipper-shaped portable urinal for a lady, sometimes known as a coach-pot. It is an oblong shaped pot with a handle on one end. The interior, rim, base and handle are all in gilt. The body of the pot is green with gilt decoration in the French Empire style using Egypt motifs. It took its more general name from a Jesuit father, one Louis Bourdaloue, whose long sermons, preached at Versailles, were extremely popular, especially with the ladies of the court who, in order to secure a seat, used to arrive hours before the scheduled time of the sermon.

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