Madame Mao's Dowry

207 Fumin Lu

Shanghai China


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By madamemao, May 25 2020 04:29AM

We have today launched our new Chinese propaganda poster website, on which we feature our collection past and present.

Intended as a resource for research and appreciation of this varied and fascinating art form, the site shows posters that we have, or that have passed through our hands, over the last 20 years. Sadly, we were not so efficient at taking useable photographs back in the day, so we don't have a photograph of every poster we have owned, but there are still quite a lot to share with you.

We have included the information we have in our records about the place, date and year of publication, and have also given our own translation of the slogan. We don't guarantee the accuracy of these translations, but we do our best to translate the meaning and have given the original Chinese slogan too. So if the translation is essential to you in your research, you can have the slogans professionally translated. There is also some information on this site about the artists, and the heroes and models featured in the propaganda of the period.

Please let us know if you have any comments about the site, positive or constructively negative, and we will make all necessary adjustments. The site is brand new, so we anticipate doing some editing work over the forthcoming weeks, and we will add new posters from time to time. Check back anytime to see improvements!

The site is at this address:

By madamemao, Nov 25 2019 04:04AM

In the Mao Period enamel was ubiquitous. The enamel cup bore Mao slogans or politically referencing images, or simply the name of your work unit with perhaps your worker number so you could use your own cup. Enamel basins were in everybody's home for washing faces and clothes and enamel spoons served out rice and congee. Shanghai and Pudong was home to many enamelware factories and the production process was neither simple nor quick, but required skill, patience and artistic content. All of those factories have been replaced, making enamelware a dying product. Madame Mao's Dowry made it's own line of cups and trays, some of which found their way to the shelves of the British Museum and the V&A in London as examples of Chinese Design.

This Christmas we bring you, instead, a collection of Mao Period and Republican Period enamelware, original, used and fascinating. On their face these pieces trace a history of design that is broad and deep, incorporating many styles and influences from bird anf flower paintings to modernism to propaganda.

Drop by and take a look.

By madamemao, Feb 15 2019 06:00PM

The Jin Xing (Golden Star) Pen Company was founded in Shanghai by 3 Korean brothers and then a branch factory was opened in Beijing in the 1950s, initially using Shanghai-made components, then acquired Beijing component manufacturers, and gradually departed from their Shanghai designs. The Shanghai and Beijing firms continued to produce pens for some time with the Shanghai-built ones marked "KSPC" (Kin Sin Pen Co.) and the Beijing-built ones "GSPC" (Golden Star Pen Co.). Over time the Shanghai firm stopped manufacturing pens and moved into television sets in the 1970s, leaving Golden Star an exclusively Beijing brand.

The pens they made during the Mao Period were iconic and can be seen in many posters of the period being used by students and soldiers especially as they are studying Mao Thought. We have New Old Stock from the 1980s of both the Jingxing 26 (Little Jinxing) and 28 (Big Jinxing) as well as the Jinxing Deskpen, complete with stand and original box.

In 2003 the dormant Jinxing Company awakened and produced some very good models for a short period and, as far as we know the steel nibbed classic model 26 and 28 have not been produced at the latest since then, although their more expensive version with 12K or 14K nibs may have been. Certainly the deskpen has not been produced since the 1980's and the packaging of our model 26 & 28 suggest a 1980's production date. Drop by and take a look. Made of plastic but with strong 1950's design characteristics and generally highly regarded as a useable fountain pen, they make a great gift and are perfect for beginning or continuing your journey to slow communications.

By madamemao, Feb 13 2019 10:00PM

A rare find of New Old Stock fountain pens from the 1980's, the Wing Sung 27. Made of plastic in very 80's colours, the lid has an art deco feel and the slightly elongated body produces an elegant look. This was an everyday quality pen and Wing Sung, a brand now owned by Hero, known for its superior quality and innovative design lived up to it's reputation with this model. The extra length of the barrel conceals a minature ballpoint pen, making it a dual purpose model. If you decide this is the pen for you we can supply with a refill for the biro but as they are 30 years old we can't vouch for the quality of the ink they contain.

By madamemao, Feb 11 2019 10:00PM

Over the last 2 years we have collected a range of fountain pens made in Shanghai in the 1980s and 1990s that are factory stock and still unused. Mostly brands like Jinhao, Lucky, Hero and Wingsung, they all have the charm, character and useability of a well-made writing instrument but at a reasonable cost.

The first 2 images are of the sought after 1990's Wingsung 400 with a solid 14K gold nib, considered far superior to its contemporary Hero counterpart. Writes like a dream. It has a steel body with a striped shading from engraving. The last images is another 14K gold nib 1990's pen, this one carrying the brand name Lucky. It has the iconic conical Wing Sung nib, rarely seen in 14K gold.

Wing Sung was one of the biggest fountain pen producers in China before it closed its doors in the late 1990's. The factory was demolished and rental income from the highrise building they built on the site was used to support it's redundant workers. That's the story anyway. The brand was acquired by Hero and in recent years they have produced some not-so-superior models under this famous old brand.

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