This print depicts 'Tennis de Salon' (also known as ping-pong) and was used to promote this popular pastime. In contrast to the modern gymnasium or tennis dress these participants were bedecked in all their finery. The elegant late Victorian lady even when playing ping-pong is wearing her beautiful gold chatelaine at her side. Looking at the hairstyles and fashions of the men and women and little girl, this would probably date to the late 1890s. Of interest also is the shape and style of the early bats all in their original box. The publisher is SOCIÉTÉ D’ARTS GRAPHIQUES, CLICHY (SIENE). The print is contained in a mat. The condition of the image is good; there is very slight staining of the mat. The print can be sent within the mat or removed and rolled in a cylinder for postage. Cost of postage will depend on choice and destination. This would look delightful framed and hung on the wall of those interested in fashion or early sport. This item appears in my books, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” and “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out”.
Measurement of mat is 20.4 ins (50.7cm) x 12.75 ins (32.2cm).
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French Colour Print Depicting Early Table Tennis Players, 'Tennis de Salon', Late Victorian
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