1018. A 'Brighton Pavilion' Bamboo Elbow Chair

Object description
A 'Brighton Pavilion' Bamboo Elbow Chair, 'horseshoe back' model with curved spindle and lattice back, possibly later caned seat, early 19th century, height c. 90 cm ; wear, loss of decoration, damages

In 1785, the eldest son of King Georg III (later became King Georg IV) purchased a property in Brighton together with his morganatic 'wife', Maria Fitzherbert. But a few years later, the Prince was forced to marry a suitable European princess due to his staggering debts. The marriage was not a success and the couple agreed to live apart. Mrs Fitzherbert returned in triumph to the pavilion. To celebrate her return, the Prince redecorated the whole place in an orgy of Oriental luxury. For the Prince, Chinese furniture and antiques became an obsession. What wasn't bamboo, was made to look like it! The six-legged bamboo chair has taken its name from the place where it first became fashionable at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton.

Erica Brown, New York Magazine, 26 July 1976, 'Brighton your corner', p. 57-59