Letter from Chantilly

At Chantilly there are two things of special note:  the two singeries (the Grande Singerie and the Petite Singerie), both recently restored; and the Cascade de Beauvais, which was finally restored last year. The two singeries, like the one at the Hôtel de Rohan that we visited last year, were executed by Christophe Huet in the 1730s.  Singeries are an acquired taste, but once you get into them you can’t let loose, and the ones at Chantilly have been magnificently and meticulously restored and would really be enough to convert the most recalcitrant skeptic.  A sample is below – three lady monkeys playing cards.  My second favorite is a monkey hunter shooting at a wild boar.  –thomas lemann

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