If you think you know what a 'tennis set' is, think again...
Here is a beautifully painted and gilded bone china tennis set from the 1870s. It is the best quality bone china from Spode, under the Copeland ownership. It is hand painted to resemble a leaf, gilded, and the gilding on the saucer is chased. This is a very high quality and technically brilliant object made by the Spode factory at this time. The design is made specifically for tea and dainty sandwiches!
|Tennis set from the Met Museum c1871|
You can find out more about Spode and Tennis by clicking here.
And click here for another image of a tennis set.