• Sale 1137

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    29 October 2002, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 210

    A MINTON MAJOLICA MONKEY GARDEN SEAT

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1873, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK AND 8

    Price Realised  

    A MINTON MAJOLICA MONKEY GARDEN SEAT
    Date cypher for 1873, impressed uppercase mark and 8
    Modelled as a crouching monkey holding a coconut balancing a tasselled pillow on his head, on a faux rattan canted rectangular base
    18½in. (47cm.) high


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    Cf. Elizabeth Aslin and Paul Atterbury, Minton 1798-1910, Victoria & Albert Museum, Thomas Goode & Co. Ltd., London, 1976, p. 94; See Victoria Bergesen, Majolica, British, Continental and American Wares 1851-1915, London, 1989, pl. VI; and anon. sale, William Doyle Galleries, New York, 29 November 1995, lot 745 for a pair.

    It is interesting to note that the introduction of this model in the late 1850's coincides with the publication of Darwin's theories On the Origin of Species. It is likely that this model was inspired by the hotly debated subject of the day. A widely discussed treatise, particularly in the potteries, as Darwin was the son of Susannah Wedgwood and married to his cousin, Emma, Josiah Wedgwood II's daughter.