Singerie

Singerie

Singerie is the French word for "Monkey Trick". It is a type of picture of monkeys fashionably attired. The monkeys are often acting in human behaviors. Singerie was popular among French artists in the early 18th century but the term is most usually reserved for a type of decorative painting associated with French Rococo. It originated with the French decorator and designer Jean Berain the Elder. He included dressed figures of monkeys in a lot of his wall decorations.

French painter Andieu de Clermont is also known for his Singeries, the most famous of which decorates the ceiling of the Monkey Room at Monkey Island Hotel, located on Monkey Island in Bray-on-Thames, England. The Grade I listed buildings that have housed guests since 1840 were built in the 1740s by Charles Spencer, the 3rd Duke of Marlborough.

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