Dalam karya tulisnya yang berjudul 'Apologia pro Synodo'', [[Magnus Felix Ennodius]], [[Uskup Pavia]], menuliskan kalimat ''Gestatoriam sellam apostolicae confessionis'',<ref>Migne (1882), ''[[Patrologia Latina]]'', LXIII, 206; "Corpus Script. eccl.", VI, Vienna, at 328</ref> alluding to the [[Chair of Saint Peter|Cathedra S. Petri]], still preserved in the choir of St. Peter's at Rome. This is a portable wooden armchair, inlaid with ivory, with two iron rings on each side.
Besides the use of the Sedia Gestatoria at the coronation of the pope (which seems to date from the beginning of the sixteenth century) it served in the past on different other occasions, for instance when the pope received the yearly tribute of the [[Kingdom of Naples]] and of the other [[Fiefdom|fiefs]], and also, at least since the fifteenth century, when he carried the [[Host (Holy Communion)|Blessed Sacrament]] publicly, in which case the Sedia Gestatoria took a different form, a table being adjusted before the throne. [[Pope Pius X|Pius X]] made use of this on the occasion of the [[International Eucharistic Congress|Eucharistic Congress]] at Rome in 1905.
Pada era 1800-an, [[Alessandro Raffaele Torlonia|Pangeran Alessandro Torlonia]] meminjam ''sedia gestatoria'' dari [[Paus Leo XIII|Sri Paus Leo XIII]] setiap hari Kamis untuk digunakan mengusung patung [[Santo Bambino dari Aracoeli]] menjumpai umat yang tidak dapat berkunjung ke Basilika [[Santa Maria in Aracoeli]] karena sakit.