1920 Standard Oil Co. Silk Chinese Calendar
My grandmother's brother worked for the Standard Oil Company of New York in China at the end of the 1800s. He was given this lithograph, and it was passed down to me.
From a poster point of view, this is lovely because it's not printed on paper. It's printed on silk, which is something that happened more frequently in China than it did in America. But there are French and American posters also that appear on silk. And in fact, this is a calendar. And here's the interesting thing from my point of view. The date that's in the calendar is 1920. So it doesn't date to 1900, when your grandmother's brother came over. It dates later than that. It's in beautiful condition. A handful of other Standard Oil calendars have come up for sale. None that looked as good. The images were much more crowded with objects and it was muddied. At auction, a fair estimate for this piece would be between $800 and $1,200.
Great. Yeah, that's great.
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