Framed lithographic print of an advertisement for the Pompeian Manufacturing Company. The print features a woman, depcited in full. She wears a hat with a wide brim and an elaborately embroidered dress. The hat is light blue or purple in colour, and decorated with large blue and purple feathers and a jewelled, golden-coloured metal embellishment. The dress is also a light blue or purple, with a Queen Anne-type neckline and an ornate brooch on her chest, golden in colour and decorated with inlaid and dangling gems, from which strings of pearls trail downward to drape around her hips. The embroidery on the dress is golden in colour, and forms a swirling organic pattern, interspersed with red gems. The woman holds a handkerchief or scarf up to her right cheek with a white-gloved hand. There are white lilies at the bottom left corner of the image. A small panel at the bottom of the image reads "'POMPEIAN BEAUTY' BY FORBES." Below the panel is the text "COPYRIGHT, 1909, BY THE POMPEIAN MFG. CO." Details, the background, and the small panel at the bottom of the image are either overlaid with gold leaf or printed with a gold-laced pigment. The image has a grey marbled matting with a purple inner border. Displayed in a gold-coloured wood and plaster frame and overlaid with glass. The outer edge of the frame has a simple, repeating rope-like pattern, and the inner edge has a simple, repeating pattern of dots or spheres. The back of the frame is covered in a thin, brown paper. A wire runs horizontally across the back of the frame, attached to a metal loop at each side. There is a business card adhered to the bottom at the back of the frame, which reads "Custom Framing and Design MINERVA ART & CUSTOM FRAMING, The Old School House, RR #7, Aylmer, Ont. N5H 2R6. KEVIN MORRELL, Owner. 1-519-765-1616."
The Pompeian Manufacturing Company was largely known for their Pompeian Massage Cream and Skin Food, trademarked in 1901 and developed by British pharmacist Fred W. Stecher. The company went on to manufacture beauty powder, cold cream, rouge, lipstick, and various cosmetic products. The Pompeian Manufacturing Company was liquidated in 1950.
Paper, wood, glass
Gold pigment displaced in spots. Some tearing on paper backing.