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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  • singerie — [ sɛ̃ʒri ] n. f. • v. 1350; de singe I ♦ 1 ♦ Grimace, tour que fait un singe. ♢ Grimace, gambade, tour comique. ⇒ pitrerie. « Pour le distraire, elle faisait mille singeries » (Maurois). Arrête tes singeries ! 2 ♦ (Abstrait) Imitation maladroite… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • singerie — (izg. senžerȋ) m DEFINICIJA lik. dekorativni, groteskno komičan slikani motiv koji je bio u modi u Francuskoj u razdoblju rokokoa ETIMOLOGIJA fr. ≃ singe: majmun …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • singerie — Singerie. s. f. Grimace, gestes plaisants & risibles à la maniere des singes. Il fait mille singeries. je ne prends point de plaisir à ses singeries. il y a des enfans qui font de plaisantes singeries …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • singerie — (sin je rie) s. f. 1°   Grimaces, gestes, tours de malice. •   Chaque jour nous apercevons Que tout est plein de singerie ; Et les singes et les guenons Font une grande confrérie, le Ballet des rues, 1647, dans Rev. de l instr. publ. 22 févr.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • SINGERIE — n. f. Cage où sont enfermés les singes. La singerie d’un jardin zoologique. Il se dit aussi d’une Décoration murale, d’une peinture, d’une tapisserie dont les singes sont les principales figures. La singerie de Chantilly. Il désigne figurément… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • SINGERIE — s. f. Grimace, gestes, tours de malice. Il a fait mille singeries. Je ne prends point de plaisir à ses singeries. Il y a des enfants qui font de plaisantes singeries.   Il se dit aussi d Une imitation gauche ou ridicule. Toute cette gravité… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • singerie — ▪ art       (French: “monkey trick”), type of humorous picture of monkeys fashionably attired and aping human behaviour, painted by a number of French artists in the early 18th century. It originated with the French decorator and designer Jean… …   Universalium

  • singerie —    A scene in which monkeys are dressed in human clothes, and engaged in human activities. The French word for this is singe. There are precedents for this type of anthropomorphism in medieval manuscripts, and perhaps as far back as antiquity.… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • singerie — sin·ge·rie …   English syllables

  • singerie — A piece of artwork which includes monkeys instead of people …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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