Antique Bamboo Easel
59" x 18"
A late 19th-century English easel. An easel is a type of upright support that is used for displaying or fixing something resting upon it, traditionally used by artists. Easels have been used as a painting support since the time of the ancient Egyptians. In the 1st century AD, author and philosopher Pliny the Elder (23/24–79) referenced a “large panel” placed upon an easel. The need for easels spiked significantly in the 13th century, when painting on canvas became a more popular pursuit. As the Renaissance progressed, easels became a staple tool for artists, with the portable easel being invented in the 15th century. Easels are typically made of wood, aluminum, or steel, and their functional design has not changed much since their inception. This antique bamboo easel is an A-frame design, meaning it has three legs; two in the front and one in the back. The triangle shape makes it easier to tuck away, store or flatten, and transport. This easel is built from decorative bamboo, a building material known for its strength, durability, and beauty. Its multi toned surface, combined with the small decorative elements along the top and base, elevate this simple tool into an alluring statement piece in its own right.
At this time in England, the first Wimbledon Championship was held in 1877. It was the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament, and was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London. 22 male players participated, competing for a grand prize of 12 guineas, won by Spencer Gore (1850–1906). Today, the Wimbledon Championship is widely regarded as the most prestigious in the world. It is still played at the same venue as the original tournament.