King Edward VII waited for a long time before reaching the throne. Son of Queen Victoria, he became the sovereign of England at the age of 60 and his Reign lasted for just 10 years, during which many innovations like they had not been seen for a while took place. However King Edward VII to be was also well known for his love adventures in Paris.
During his oversees excursions, Edward was used to going to brothels. There it was built a “love chair”, specifically thought for the needs of the future King. Realised by the ebony expert Louis Soubrier in 1890, the chair was delivered to the Parisian brothel “Le Chabanais”, for exclusive private use of the British sovereign. The shape of the furniture would allow the playboy prince to enjoy his time in several fashions, both with one and two women at the same time.
The brothels got legalised in France in 1802, but only in 1878 it was open up a high-end one, Le Chabanais, in the centre of Paris. The building was well known for its eclectic extravagance and, throughout its activity it saw popular clients such as Humphrey Bogart, Mae West, Cary Grant and the future King Edward VII. The bedrooms were furnished in a sumptuous exotic style and amongst those it is remembered the Turkish Chamber, the Pompeii Room, the Japanese Saloon and the Hindu Room, this last one being Bertie’s favourite.
BElow: picture by MOs810 shared via Wikipedia – licence Creative Commons
The original chair used by the prince is now property of the grandniece of the maker from the 19th century, while the one on the picture is one of the 3 reproductions based on the original design of the chair. This specific one is kept in the Sex Museum of Prague.
Below: some ancient pictures from Le Chabanais of Paris and Edward VII