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Monday, June 9, 2014

Beautiful bathroom in Pszczyna, Poland and other XIXth century bathrooms inspirations | IN MY LENS


4. In the 19th century people bathed in cold water because warm water was considered too exciting to the body. - See more at: http://www.purewaterpeople.co.uk/blog/2014/01/17-astounding-facts-about-the-home-from-qi/#sthash.A6iIDuYn.dpuf
4. In the 19th century people bathed in cold water because warm water was considered too exciting to the body. - See more at: http://www.purewaterpeople.co.uk/blog/2014/01/17-astounding-facts-about-the-home-from-qi/#sthash.A6iIDuYn.dpuf
4. In the 19th century people bathed in cold water because warm water was considered too exciting to the body. - See more at: http://www.purewaterpeople.co.uk/blog/2014/01/17-astounding-facts-about-the-home-from-qi/#sthash.A6iIDuYn.dpuf
Having worked lately on a bathroom restoration project for a 19th century house I read quite a lot about bathrooms from that period and started to like it a lot. In Pszczyna, Poland, in an amazing neo-baroque palace, I had a chance to look closer at one, very beautiful, example of 19th century bathroom design.

In private houses bathrooms did not appear until the half of 19th century. In Poland, in houses build in the late XIX century people would wash in bedrooms or kitchens (like in my family house in the mountains) as the latter were usually the warmest in the house. Water closets used to be outside. In more luxurious interiors the rooms had washbasins behind screens and the hot water would be brought by the servants.
Bathrooms used to look more like actual rooms, like you can see in the pictures below.

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19th century bathroom
The bathtub is ceramic, on the right there is a washbasin with china set of toilet receptacles.


19th century bathroom
The bathroom was also a dressing room.

19th century bathroom
The wooden toilet with a water-tank is by English company Johnson Brothers Hanley Limited and comes from the beginning of the 20th century.

19th century bathroom
This ceramic stove comes from the 18th century.

19th century bathroom


19th century bathroom
Another set of toilet receptacles. And look at this interesting towel rack on the right.

19th century bathroom
Under the dresser there is a....chamber-pot.

19th century bathroom
The china set by Brezova Pirkenhammer XX c.

19th century bathroom
Contemporary wallpaper by GP&Baker, England. The pattern based on 1830s wallpaper.

19th century bathroom


Below sketches and pictures of other 19th century bathrooms. There were free-standing (something that has recenty become very popular again), claw-foot tubs. There were characteristic tiles (often green-white or black-and-white) or wallpapers (today almost unimaginable in bathrooms!).

19th century bathroom history

19th century bathroom history

19th century bathroom history



19th century bathroom history



And - super hit of the 19th century - shower!!! :-)

Early showers appeared at the beginning od the 19th century. The pump in the shower would lift water from tank at he bottom through the pipe to top tank. The dirty water could be reused over and over again (and was obviously cold, as hot water was considered to exciting for the body :-)).



19th century bathroom history shower

19th century bathroom history shower


19th century bathroom history shower


At the end -below - a beautiful heated portable bathtub from 19/20th century.

19th century bathroom history bathtub

reference:
www.janeaustenworld.wordpress.com





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2 comments:

  1. Bardzo mi się podoba ten temat, a pierwszy prysznic - nie wiedziałam ze tak wyglądał! :)

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    1. I do tego był w zasadzie całkiem praktyczny, aż dziwne że na jakichś obozach harcerskich nie używa się do dziś takiego prysznica :-)

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