Louis Soubrier’s Siège D'Amour Love Chair is now on view long term in the second-floor exhibition Artifact [###]: Selections from Secret Collections.
Specially designed in 1890 by French cabinet-maker Louis Soubrier for King Edward VII (1841-1910), the Prince of Wales and King of England from 1901 to 1910, who was also known as “Dirty Bertie,” the multi-leveled design enabled the infamous playboy prince to partake in sexual amusement with minimal exertion in numerous ways, including with two ladies at once. While the exact chair used by “Dirty Bertie” is now owned by Soubrier’s great-grandson, the present example is one of just two replicas based on the original design. The only other known replica is on view at the Sex Machines Museum in Prague. The chair has been featured in both BBC and Smithsonian documentaries such as the Private Lives of Monarchs.
Artifact [###] also features objects on loan from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University Bloomington, Stanley B. Burns, MD Collection & Archive and the Dittrick Medical History Center at the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.