- Gender and Relationships
Edward VII Love Chair
'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.
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'.