Erasmus’s Chair

Erasmus’s ChairThis is probably an early 16th century chair, and so of the same historical period as that when Erasmus of Rotterdam stayed in Queens’ College.

However, we can offer no evidence as to (a) whether Erasmus himself ever used this chair, (b) how the name of the chair might have originated, (c) when the chair arrived in college. We know nothing of its history.

It has been described to be as fine a turned chair as exists in Europe.
[by Frank Davis, in Illustrated London News, 1934 Dec 15, p. 1026] 

Further Reading

1886: Ancient Wood and Iron Work in Cambridge, by William Beales Redfarn, letterpress by John Willis Clark, plate II. (OCLC 11373488)

1934: The Turned Chair Problem: II — Chairs with four legs, by Frank Davis, in Illustrated London News, 1934 Dec 15, p. 1026. (ISSN 0019-2422)

1990: The Board-Seated Turned Chairs Project, by Robert F. Trent, in Regional Furniture, IV (1990), pp. 42–​48, Fig. 3. (ISSN 0953-0800)