La Chaise Percée

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  1. As much as I love the look of these “chairs”, keeping them clean and hygenic is never far from my mind even if you are the exclusive user. My mind always goes there.

  2. Our lovely and stylish Andrea is far too modest to say that she herself is the proud owner of a chaise percée. Bien sûr!

    I was at the Astor sale, along with Boy Fenwick and other design luminaries, and my paddle hand was itching to go up when Brooke’s chaise percée went on the block. But the configuration of my baths wouldn’t allow for one, so I had to pass, and was chagrined when the winner exclaimed – “I don’t know what it is, but I’ll use it as a chair.” Sold to a cretin for a song…a pity.

    One has to admire Daisy Fellowes for her grand throne. It’s the most opulent I have ever seen, surpassing even Marie Antoinette’s.

    Thank you, Andrea, for educating us about the wonderful CP. One day I aspire to having a bathroom with a WC/CP pavilion, like Pat Altschul’s. And I’ll know I have really arrived if it has a fireplace as well. Life needs its little luxuries, n’est ce pas?

  3. A charming alternative to the plain porcelain stool, but the very thought of letting the boys of the house use it, well… That’s an upsetting idea!!! Especially since the wood and caning could be quite… absorbent.

  4. Thank you for this wonderful and informative post! I’ve written a novel, Wickwythe Hall, which takes place in a country home in England inspired by Nancy Lancaster’s Ditchley Park. In the novel, my Nancy-inspired character redid the bathrooms to include these wonderful chairs. Readers have asked me if they are a real thing, and now I can point to your blog post to give them all the information they need!

    • Dear Judithe,

      Thank you so much for your note, this makes me so happy! There is very little information on the Internet about these chairs, and it pleases me to know that my post will be of assistance. Your novel sounds intriguing… I am heading over to Amazon to purchase now! 🙂

      The Glam Pad

  5. My eccentric ex-boyfriend lived in a wonderful old house in Wales (decorated in the 60’s by his step-mother) which had a couple of these chaise perchees and I was never sure whether I loved them or hated them mainly because of the hygiene issue but thanks for another wonderful post which was a trip down memory lane!

  6. We used to stay at a country house hotel in the Berkshires that had a CP in one of the bathrooms of the largest suite in the house. It was reputedly owned by Marilyn Monroe ( purchased at an auction years ago according to the hotel’s owner). One time, my husband and I stayed in that suite, and since it had two bathrooms, I took the larger bathroom, of course, and my husband took the smaller one which contained the CP. He had no idea what the heck it was nor why his toilet was “covered” with a chair. I found the whole incident hilarious.

    Personally, I find the CP a ridiculous affectation and completely unsanitary.

  7. Someone needs to make this out of non-porous material so that they can be kept sanitary. I think they would then be big sellers. Although most of the ones that you listed as available are now sold out.

    • Hi Valerie,

      Yes, the ones I posted yesterday sold quickly. They are quite difficult to find, and I had to do a lot of digging. I purchased one (identical to Brooke Astor’s in style) while researching this post, and I am planning on having the seat coated in polyurethane or epoxy. 🙂

      The Glam Pad

  8. I love them and have been looking for one for years!! I contacted the Antiques Dealer on Etsy here in Atlanta and bought it!! I would like another one so I will contact the Italian company.
    Marie Arden Bensing

    • Dear Marie,

      This makes me so happy! I would love to see pictures once you have them in place. 🙂

      The Glam Pad

  9. For reasons I can’t explain, I have a strong visceral negative reaction to these “chairs”. Maybe I had a bad experience in a past life?

  10. Hi Andrea, “Thank You” for this fun post. I purchased mine at auction, in Ivory, but otherwise identical to the one shown from the Newport Estate. It’s no problem to care for and much more comfortable than a regular seat. Guests always ask to use the bathroom that has my chaise Percee!

  11. Not for me, Andrea, seems like it would not be all that practical for sanitary reasons especially. They don’t look too comfortable either. Interesting post though!!

  12. just stumbled over your blog – love it already!!
    interesting furniture! but i prefer my toilet in a little separate room – so the bathroom can be as elegant as i want 🙂

  13. Thank you for finally solving this mystery for me! The only chaise perceés I’ve ever come across are the two you mentioned that hide in the ladies’ room at Club 33 in Disneyland. I swear they are THE most photographed things in the whole, exclusive restaurant! I never knew they were a thing—I assumed it was just a Disney confabulation.


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