PAIR OF GEORGE III CARVED WALNUT ARMCHAIRS, UPHOLSTERED IN SINGERIE NEEDLEWORK FABRIC.Est. $12,000-$18,000
Each serpentine crest rail and canted back above upholstered arms, the supports finely carved with acanthus leaves and a shell hand rest, the over-upholstered seat raised on cabriole legs headed by scrolls and ending in volutes; upholstered in singerie cutwork fabric depicting monkeys mimicking various human activities, including musical monkeys and monkeys disguised as actors, monkeys engaged in hunting and fetching water, all dressed in 18th century clown and animal costumes. Height 39 ½ inches, width 26 ½ inches, depth overall 26 inches.
Provenance: Kentshire Galleries, New York.Singerie (Monkey Trick) is a genre in art depicting apes and monkeys mimicking human behavior, often fashionably attired and with a bit of satire.