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Style Other / Ref.15270

LONGWY Manufacture, Earthenware dish decorated with a tennis player


Height: 1'' ⅝  4cm
Diameter: 5'' ½  14cm

19th century

Good condition

This bowl with a tennis player decoration was made around 1950 by the Longwy Enamels factory for the Metz Railway Workers’ Sports Association. It is probably a prize intended for the winner of a tennis competition.

The center of the bowl is occupied by a tennis player depicted in action, at the edge of a court, about to return the ball coming towards his racket, which he keeps his eyes fixed on. The spectator stands where his opponent should be, thus in the place of the athlete, which includes them in the scene and gives the composition a striking directness.

The 20th century saw the association of art and sport reach new heights. On one hand, sport became a popular subject in the art world; on the other hand, sports competition organizers were inclined to commission artistic objects to award to athletes. This bowl is an emblematic example of this trend.

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