Advertising poster, goddess of mercy and fertility Guan Yin. China Emporium, San Francisco, California.
San Francisco: Ca. 1920s. Vibrantly colored and beautifully detailed chromolithographic advertising poster depicting the goddess in pale blue robes, the moon behind her head like a halo, with an infant on her lap, a woman standing behind her with a flask, and a child at her feet stepping from a lotus blossom. This is Guan Yin depicted in her role as fertility goddess. With title in Chinese above and on either side of the illustration, and text in English below. English text reads "Importers & Exporters, China Art Goods, All Kinds of Wares. China Emporium, San Francisco California. Address 733-735 Grant Avenue, Phone China 2285". All text printed in red. China Emporium was a San Francisco California importer & exporter, dealing in wholesale and retail of Chinese art goods, porcelain, silk embroidery, silver and brass. Large poster measures 20 3/4 x 30 1/2". Small chip at bottom edge, slightly affecting the word "California", otherwise very good condition. Item #19984