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Edward VII Love Chair

Updated on June 25, 2011

'Bertie' the playboy Prince of Wales, the 'prince of pleasure' and future King Edward VII of England was a regular client of the Parisian brothels during the late 1800's. A particular favourite of his was 'Le Chabanais' which even had his coat of arms above his bed. It was at this most famous of Parisian establishments that the famous Love Chair was based.

Edward, as a young man was a source of constant worry to his mother Queen Victoria. He was an independent thinker, a food fan and lover of beautiful women. In spite of his loyal attendance to his Royal duties it was his extracurricular activities which gave cause for great concern.

The Edward VII Love Chair

The Love Chair was known as the "siege d'amour" and was especially made for the Prince not only because he was overweight but so that he could make love to two, and some say more, women at the same time.

As the love chair was built to order it did not come with an instruction manual. I don't suppose that anyone but the Prince and his lovers actually knew who sat or stood where and did what with which to whom. It is a quite mind boggling contraption which allows the imagination to run riot just by looking at it.

Edward VII

The original chair still exists somewhere. It has passed through a number of private hands over the years and was last auctioned off in 1996. It is now believed to be in the hands of the.Soubrier family who as furniture makers were responsible for the manufacture of the love seat in the first place. If anyone knows the secret of how it was used it is they. Apparently it is still in use.

The original chair has never been on public display but there is a copy of the chair to be in the Prague sex museum. If rumours are correct you may purchase your own over the internet.

There was too a huge copper bath held at 'Le Chabanais' which built in the design of a half woman and half swan. Our hero was said to have bathed in this with his companions whilst it was filled with champagne.

The Champagne Bath

The famous bath sold for 112,000 Francs when it came up for auction in 1951. It was purchased by Salvador Dali.

Edward VII, though married to Alexandra of Denmark, was well known for his many lovers and string of mistresses. These included:

Lilly Langtry, Daisy Greville, Lady Randolph Churchill, Sarah Berhardt, Lady Brooke, Giulia Barucci, Alice Keppel, Princess de Mouchy, Hortense Schneider, Agnes Keyser, Princess de Sagan, Countess of Warwick, Susan Pelham-Clinton and others.

It was not without reason Bertie was sometimes known as 'Edward the Caresser'.

The young Bertie in a different sort of chair

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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    6 years ago from South East Asia

    Not quite sure Tony. I am a man of many interests.

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    tonyduxburyuk 

    6 years ago from Rotherham, south yorkshire, england

    Yet another educational Blog ! Where do you get the ideas from ?

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    trish1048 - Thanks Trish. I am sure you are right that the table would have made a very special conversation piece. Pity you did not have the room.

    I was once given a post mortem table....it would not have had the same appeal.

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    trish1048 

    8 years ago

    Well, this sure tickled my fancy! The chair is certainly unique! The bathtub looks devine and I wouldn't mind bathing in that!

    I once had an opportunity to purchase a gynecological table. It was at a fleamarket of all places, and truly, it was a beautiful piece of workmanship, and still intact. The wood was time-worn and absolutely ageless and stunning. At the time, my home was big enough to accommodate it, however, I couldn't think of a single thing to offer as to whatever possessed me to buy such a thing. I was going to place it in my living room, as my living room was 25 x 50. But, I opted to pass it up. To say the least, it would have been a conversation like none other.

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    Anath - it most certainly was.

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    Anath 

    8 years ago

    I'll take that as a compliment Peter ;-)

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello - I couldn't afford it and besides these days I can only cope with one woman at a time ;-)

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Peter, Peter, whatever next? Are you going to bid for it?

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    It is a funny thing but I did actually think of you when I wrote this hub ;-)

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    Anath 

    8 years ago

    LOL where did you find out this things Peter? Now I want one of those chairs... I thought I was avant garde with my swing but now that I see this chair...

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