Chamber pot, Netherlands, 1651-1780

Made:
1651-1780 in Netherlands

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Chamber pot, tin glazed earthenware, probably Dutch, 1651-1780

Chamber pots were used in the home or hospitals at a time when most toilets were outside – or non-existent. In the 1700s, chamber pots were often emptied out of windows straight into the street, sometimes with the cry “gardy loo” (from the French gardez l’eau, or “watch for the water”).

The blue and white design indicates that the chamber pot is probably from the Netherlands. The design shows country scenes, including a maid milking a cow.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A1189
Materials:
ceramic and earthenware, tin glazed
type:
chamber pot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust