Cool Chamberpots

You know how it is when you’ve got to crap and there’s just no toilet in the damned house or apartment? I know most of you are shaking your heads in frustration. It’s something we shouldn’t have to put up with in this modern era. Not only that, but many of us don’t even have outhouses. What to do? This is where a chamberpot, the kind made famous by the Black Plague, comes in real handy. As usual, when it comes to design and craftsmanship, the French lead the way. As always, their dirty minds are on sex.

French craftsmanship at its finest
French craftsmanship at its finest
Was this one for the ladies? The French make even pooping fun.
Was this one for the ladies? The French make even pooping fun.
From ZAM, Das Zentrum für Aussergewöhnliche Museen (the Center for Unusual Museums) in Munich. Inside there is the Romy Schneider Museum, the Bourdalou Museum and the Nachttopf Museum. The Bourdalou Museum is where these indispensible chamberpots that kept civilization running for hundreds of years can be found.

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  1. I’m working on a chamber pot with an alpine theme that’s going to appear to have come from Kairnhall, Goering’s country schloss. There’s a good market in Nazi memorabilia, but Nazi ceramics are rare because much of what was left in the occupied countries and in Germany – military dinner services and souvenirs etc. was smashed in revenge after the war. I found some for sale in Slovenian and Hungarian flea markets, but in Western Europe this stuff is rare and expensive. BTW there’s a great scene in the movie American Beauty involving a Nazi dinner plate.
    I’m delighted to find this link to the Romy Schneider Museum because this would be a perfect place for my Goering-Kairnhall chamberpot. I have to decide now if I should let them know it’s a fake, or not. I can either donate it as a work of my own, or try to pass it off as genuine war booty. Before I decide I must turn to the forgotten artists who came up with the menacingly elegant “look” of the Third Reich – the flag and insignia designers – for inspiration. I may be the only person in the US who has the names of these artists at my fingertips. For the record they were: Carl Diebitsch, Walter Heck, Egon Janke, Carl Wilhelm Defenbach, Willhelm Defke, Carl Ernst Hinkfuss and the most excellent Paul Caseberg. Even if you don’t like Nazis (which most people don’t) there’s no doubt that theirs was the best dressed army of all time.
    A case has been made that National Socialism was a failed art movement. I agree because for me everything produced in that twelve year period associated with the party towers over the design work of their capitalist and communist adversaries. The regalia they produced just looks like green and brown freeway exit signage.

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