Sunday, July 15, 2012

Chaise Percee...If you only knew the whole story...!!!


I have always thought that powder rooms 
{or bathrooms without a bathtub or shower} 
should have the extremely
unattractive toilets covered with a 
Chaise Percee.

A powder room is a place to have a moment alone,
make a call,
freshen your make-up - etc.
Wouldn't it be elegant to have a lovely chair to sit on?
Who really wants to sit on a toilet seat 
if you only want to sit down for a moment to do something other than tinkle?

I know I have had to change my stockings at a party - 
{yes....I carry a spare pair in my car}
I thought it was yucky sitting on a toilet seat to do so.


Let's look back in history.
The chaise percee & the commode were created to hide chamber pots.
You can find these commodes that look like a stack of books,
when you lift the cover of the top book....
you will find a hidden chamber pot inside.

*more

In the 17th Century when "even the act of excretion was often performed in public" and "kings and princesses . . . made conversation while seated on the chaise percée," 

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,790313,00.html#ixzz20bI2NQ2I





I want this one!!
You can still order one from this company!!



{this would be mine}



A specially designed chamber pot called the Bourdaloue was specifically meant for females. The shape of the container was oblong, oval or rectangular with the front part slightly raised and higher. The shape made it convenient to be used by the women while squatting or standing, hidden under the large skirts of the ladies who used them. The name “Bourdaloue” is attributed to the name of the French priest, Louis Bourdaloue (1632-1704). The catholic priest was known to deliver long sermons which made the Ladies bring in their maids carrying suchchamber pots under their dresses so that they could use them discreetly without leaving the place. But in the 19th century, with the advent of the water closets, the use of chamber pots reduced drastically.





*don't buy one thinking it is a GRAVY BOAT
heheheheh

One for the ladies
It looks like a gravy boat but the ‘Bourdaloue’ exhibited at Coughton Court, Warwickshire, is shaped to fit the female anatomy. It is allegedly named after a Jesuit preacher called Louis Bourdaloue (1632-1704) whose sermons were apparently so long that the ladies in the congregation required something to ease the pressure on their bladders without leaving the room.


Just so you know.............people at 'COURT' and everywhere else
would just urinate & defecate in their clothing. 
Check it out....it is mind blowing.

I always have had one wish;
to be a time traveler.
I want to go back in time not into the future. This has made me rethink the entire 'time travel' thing.


Have a great weekend & check out these sites......fascinating stuff!!


XOX   Renee



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  12. Hi Renee: I just stumbled on your hilarious and informative post while I was looking for a Chaise Percee. Hope you are having wonderful Holidays!
    Best,
    Liz

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