Vintage Maitland Smith Bronze Pair of Monkeys Carrying a Dish. Business Card. Candle. Statue. Figure. Casting. Philippines.
A new word for some of us: Singerie. Not sure what the Maitland Smith folks had in mind when they created the humorous statue of monkeys, carrying a dish- like-object on two poles . . . fashionably attired and copying human behavior. This fits perfectly the definition of “singerie” , a visual arts genre from the 18th Century where monkeys imitated human behavior. Curious?
Regardless, this is a very impressive piece of art history from the mid-1900s. It fits in very well with the Maitland Smith style of furniture and furnishings. And, Maitland Smith was well known for many representations involving primates.
What should these monkeys be transporting. I would guess it was offered with nothing in the dish. Or perhaps – since Maitland Smith produced many office fixtures – it was for your business cards. Maybe in your foyer to place your keys. Although I would not think this piece was intended for a candle, I am sure it would be a suitable receptacle.
I have only found two of these in auctions or private sales in the last 2 years . . . both in the same condition as this, both quite a bit more expensive, especially with Buyer Premium fees.
This piece is in good condition with no chips, dents but with some paint loss on the base.
For the Serious Collectors who love this type of vintage art.