Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim’s fur-wrapped teacup and saucer, first exhibited in 1936, is considered a masterpiece of surrealist art. Oppenheim said that her only intention when creating it was to take something familiar and make it strange. (Read more about it here).
But what was the intention of Lincoln Products when they came out with their “fur-lined pot,” circa 1958? Was it inspired by Oppenheim’s teacup? And what did they mean by referring to it as the “proverbial fur-lined potty”? I have no idea.
My best guess is that a fur-lined potty would keep you warm if you sat on it while going to the bathroom. So perhaps a “fur-lined potty” was an old idiom for an idea that was good in theory, but not in practice.