Shanghai. No date. Ca. 1930s.
Color poster, 23 3/4 x 17 inches on sheet 30 1/2 x 21 inches. Dampstain spot to middle of the upper edge well outside image area, a few short repaired edge tears, faint soiling to lower left edge, single pinhole to upper and lower edge, soft creasing to outer right edge, all well outside image area. Single pin sized hole to lower left image. Overall, good to very good condition with wide margins and clean, bright image. This vintage poster is of the "Shanghai beauty" tradition from the 1920s-1930s. It features an attractive young Chinese woman in stylish bathing attire sitting with her legs dipped in a river. She is surrounded by a verdant landscape filled with flowers, with a large majestic stag (a symbol of virility and happiness). "No. 15" is printed below image. Text in lower margin in Chinese. The printing technique seems to be a mixture of lithography, with possibly some more mechanical processes. A strikingly appealing image. Item #41253