Did You Know: Catherine The Great Was Said To Own NSFW Furniture Of Boobs, Dicks

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Your flat-pack furniture can’t quite compare—Empress Catherine II, the longest-reigning female leader, was believed to have owned chairs and tables risqué enough to make any modern-day person blush.

While Catherine the Great’s rich sex life has been well-documented, the story about her pornographically-embellished furniture remains an urban legend. That’s because all proof of the naughty fixtures has been wiped out.

Apparently, the furniture was destroyed in a fire by the German army in World War II, and the only pieces of evidence left behind are these supposed photographs taken by German soldiers.

We need to talk about Catherine the Great’s erotic furniture. pic.twitter.com/Kf4wVQwa6k

— Storm Harley 🐺 (@_Embo) January 16, 2021

Sex on Legs

Good time to remind the world about Catherine the Great's furniture. pic.twitter.com/oRKN61cAWg

— norespawns (@norespawns) June 26, 2019

The cheeky furniture, reportedly displayed in the ruler’s own sex salon, was essentially an orgy of male and female body parts. In place of armrests and legs, there were bare breasts, penises, and buttocks.

Have a feeling I'd have got on with Catherine The Great.
Have you see her furniture?
No wonder she's smiling #Saucy pic.twitter.com/rMqZcRi4YC

— Lesley James .Author (@lesleyjames123) January 20, 2016

A Legacy Spread Wide-Open

While the infamous furnishings apparently disappeared in a fire, they were vibrantly visualized again by French master craftsman Dominique Roitel of Henryot & Cie.

The furniture maker referred to the old pictures and erected the pieces in 3D form. They included a sycamore and walnut table with hand-carved penises-cum-breasts, as well as a throne-like chair with tiny naked bodies splayed all over.

A painted table, modelled after one that was owned by Catherine the Great (1729-1796) pic.twitter.com/ze2eq9Sxwt

— Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) January 12, 2019

This erotically decorated chair once belonged to Catherine the Great (Empress of Russia from 1729-1796) pic.twitter.com/71xEQNnj7f

— Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) May 7, 2017

Needless to say, the czarina’s alleged prized possessions are not your grandma’s furniture.

[via The Art Foundation, The Hairpin, BuzzFeed, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413603/Did-You-Know-Catherine-The-Great-Was-Said-To-Own-NSFW-Furniture-Of-Boobs-Dicks/

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