Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (45)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012
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Chamber Pot (Bourdaloue)
Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1725 - about 1792)
Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamel decoration
9.8 x 19.7 x 11.7 cm (3 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.)
Oval chamber pots such as this one have been known since the 1700s as bourdaloues. Legend has it that these objects were named after the Jesuit priest Père Louis Bourdaloue, who preached at the court of
This chamber pot has scrolling walls shaped like snail shells, while the handle with its flat thumb rest is formed and painted to resemble a twig. The painted flowers on the sides of the vessel resemble designs from Japanese
Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 70, no. 156.
Bremer-David, Charissa, ed. Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 123-24, no. 45.