Singerie, Ltd may be new, but the woman behind this new online gallery is very familiar with art and how it is used to enhance our lives. Kelly’s first love was 18th Century French design, so much so, she opened Alexandra Christian, Ltd in Dallas, TX in 2000. Having traveled to France on many occasions as a collector, she made the right contacts to become the premier dealer for Regence, Louis XV, and Louis XVI period furniture. Having been a former federal prosecutor, she used her talents to research, validate and ensure the provenance of all of her pieces. Kelly said, ”I grew up in Iowa and had very little exposure to antiques or almost any form of art. But, I started collecting, and I became fascinated by many of the characteristics of antiques. How they were constructed, how styles have changed and evolved over the years.”
Joined at Singerie, Ltd by her son, Andy, who grew up in the shop, learning from his mom and getting an eye for how art and design work. He spent many hours assisting and traveled with Kelly on her trips to Europe to obtain just the right pieces. This all contributed to developing an artist eye which he has carried into his photography. ( https://www.andrewmuns.com ).
After leaving Dallas in 2013 and moving to New York City, Kelly, Andy and Alexandra started a new life of exploration. Singerie, Ltd was born out of their love for art and design. Andy took up modeling and photography, while Kelly worked in high-end luxury retail. But Kelly felt an emptiness for the passion she once had for art. This passion simmered until Singerie, Ltd was born.
Kelly said in an interview for Southern Accents magazine, Nov-Dec 2002, article by Frances MacDougall:
“For me to buy an antique for my store, it must of course be of quality, but it must also touch me emotionally – as corny as that sounds.” “Besides my children, antiques are truly my passion, can I can no longer see myself in any other profession.”
Quote from D Home, May/June 2003:
“The 18th Century French Savant- At the last international Antiques Show in Dallas, Kelly sold a pair of 18th-century French chairs to Bernard Steinitz’s son, who promptly too them around the corner to his own space and sold them for double the price. All of which is not only a testament to Kelly’s eye, but her pricing, which is casual as her pieces are grand.”