Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) was born in Denmark, where he trained as a silversmith and studied under Georg Jensen. Seeking out toys for his son, Bojesen was disappointed by the mass-produced options and started his work in wood, a medium he favored for its liveliness. He designed children's furniture and flatware, but was best known for his figures, simply constructed and clearly reflecting Bojesen's motto that lines should smile. The monkey was a relatively late arrival to the Bojesen menagerie in 1951. It garnered international attention and was showcased at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In 1990 Rosendahl bought the production, marketing and sales rights to Bojesen's guardsmen and wooden animals (monkey, bear, dog, elephant, hippo, rabbit).
Keep an eye out for originals or check out Rosendahl to see the line and locate a dealer.