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    Sale 5354

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    13 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 305

    A PAIR OF MINTON MAJOLICA MONKEY GARDEN SEATS

    DATE CODE FOR 1874, IMPRESSED MARKS AND SHAPE NUMBER 589

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    A PAIR OF MINTON MAJOLICA MONKEY GARDEN SEATS
    DATE CODE FOR 1874, IMPRESSED MARKS AND SHAPE NUMBER 589
    Each modelled as a crouching monkey holding a coconut, supporting a tasseled dark-blue cushion moulded with buttons, on a faux rattan canted rectangular base
    18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) high (2)


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    Majolica designs often reflected contemporary fascinations - monkeys notably became a popular subject after the publication of Darwin's Origins of the Species in 1859.

    Cf. Nicholas M. Dawes Majolica (New York, 1990) p. 37

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