The toilet

This word designates the bathroom furniture, the body care, the way of dressing and, in the plural, the place of ease. The bathroom dedicated specifically to the toilet did not become widespread until the second half of the 20th century. Until then, in the best houses, a corner of the bedroom was dedicated to the toilet. Commonly known as a dressing table, the mirrored vanity unit made it possible to clean the body and store the necessary utensils: ewer and basin, glove, soap, towel, perfumes, shaving kit, combs and brushes, etc. The vanity unit was also used to store the toiletries and to keep the toiletries in order. The bedpan for the night is stored under the bedside table or, as here, hidden in the small cylindrical bedside cabinet, the somno.