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This vintage ginger jar is pained with a vibrant floral motif, with yellow, blue, and rust-red-colored flowers interspersed with yellow hearts along the stems of the green foliage. The porcelain jar is in good vintage condition and still has its original lid! There are no cracks, scratches, or chips in either piece. The ginger jar has a crackled glaze that could be intentional or could be a result of incorrect firing or cooling when the piece was glazed; when this occurs as a result of the manufacturing process, it is called "crazing."

The piece is 6 inches tall and 5 inches across at the widest part of the body.

Porcelain ginger jars are a traditional part of Chinese culture and history. The covered ginger jar gained its popularity in the Quin Dynasty. The color of the ginger jar is steeped in symbolism. Yellow ginger jars were a traditional gift to China's emperor; a red colored ginger jar symbolized a wish for happiness and prosperity for the owner; and a white ginger jar is the traditional Chinese wedding gift.

Ginger jars traditionally have a cap-type lid that fits down over the neck of the jar and an overall rotund shape. In addition to their traditional role of holding spices, ginger jars are frequently used in home decor as accent pieces; larger jars are used as centerpieces. Without their lids, ginger jars may hold umbrellas or an arrangement of flowers. Because of their use, it is rare to find vintage ginger jars with their original lids intact.

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Vintage Porcelain Ginger Gar with Floral and Heart Motif


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: porcelain, china
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 41 reviews
  • Favorited by: 4 people