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Chinese Jars & Ginger Jars

Chinese jars are typically made of porcelain, and were created for the transportation of goods and spices. Chinese ginger jars in particular are characterized by a short body with a small opening that immediately flares into a wide shoulder, becoming smaller again towards the base. These ginger jars often come with a domed lid, but no handle. Jar decorations included, but were not limited to, paintings of carps, flowers, landscapes, and everyday life scenes.

While these jars were originally created in China during the Qing Dynasty for transporting ginger amongst other spices, ginger jars were in high demand during the 19th century for their appearance rather than function. Chinese jars were at that time not often used for their original function, but treated as decoration, or sometimes converted into lamps since ginger jars were short and bottom-heavy.


Quick Facts

  • Chinese jars were often given as gifts; the different colors would imply different meanings. For example, a yellow jar was given to an emperor as yellow was the color of royalty
  • Blue and white jars, not to be confused with the white wedding jar, was the typical style of porcelain jar during the MIng dynasty. During this time, the Qinghua porcelain painting style flourished
  • Ginger jars did not transport ginger exclusively, but were also filled with tea, spices, and all different kinds of foods

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique Chinese Large Pair of Blue and White Covered Jars, miad 19th century
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Large Pair of Blue and White Covered Jars, miad 19th century
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$5011 Bids
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN GINGER JARS
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN GINGER JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$3005 Bids
Large Chinese Blue and White Temple Jar, 24 1/2 High
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Large Chinese Blue and White Temple Jar, 24 1/2 High
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2003 Bids
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN MELON JARS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN MELON JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$803 Bids
Antique Large Chinese Blue and White Jar with lid, Transactional period, 17th entury
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Large Chinese Blue and White Jar with lid, Transactional period, 17th entury
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2253 Bids
A pair of blue and white porcelain covered jars painted with plum blossom on a blue ground
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A pair of blue and white porcelain covered jars painted with plum blossom on a blue ground
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿30,000- ฿40,000
฿10,0002 Bids
Chinese Porcelain Dragon Jar and Cover,
Dec 15, 10:00 AM AEDT
Chinese Porcelain Dragon Jar and Cover,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD502 Bids
CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$401 Bid
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN MELON JARS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN MELON JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
FINE CHINESE MING DYNASTY BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
FINE CHINESE MING DYNASTY BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
XING WARE JAR, TANG DYNASTY, CHINA, 7TH-10TH CENTURY
Dec 10, 4:30 AM PST
XING WARE JAR, TANG DYNASTY, CHINA, 7TH-10TH CENTURY
by DotDot Art Gallery Inc
Est: $200- $400
$2001 Bid
CHINE - XIXe siècle
Dec 11, 2:00 PM CET
CHINE - XIXe siècle
by OXIO
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
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Large Vintage Chinese Ginger Jar with Lid
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Large Vintage Chinese Ginger Jar with Lid
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
A CHINESE TIBETAN SILVER GILT & ENAMEL LIDDED JAR
Dec 13, 1:00 PM GMT
A CHINESE TIBETAN SILVER GILT & ENAMEL LIDDED JAR
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1601 Bid
Chinese 19th/20th c. porcelain straight jar
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Chinese 19th/20th c. porcelain straight jar
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $700
$1001 Bid
A Group of Chinese Cloisonne
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
A Group of Chinese Cloisonne
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $500
$1001 Bid
Chinese 19th C 100 Boys Rose Porcelain Jar
Dec 11, 10:15 AM EST
Chinese 19th C 100 Boys Rose Porcelain Jar
by Eddie's Auction
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Chinese Neolithic Type Pottery Figural Storage Jar
Dec 11, 10:15 AM EST
Chinese Neolithic Type Pottery Figural Storage Jar
by Eddie's Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Chinese Hand-Painted Porcelain Lidded Jar
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Chinese Hand-Painted Porcelain Lidded Jar
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
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Antique Chinese Cloisonne Decorated Yellow & Blue Cannister
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Cloisonne Decorated Yellow & Blue Cannister
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Old Large Chinese Monochrome Blue Jar, Qing Dynasty. 18th/19th Century, 16" H
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Old Large Chinese Monochrome Blue Jar, Qing Dynasty. 18th/19th Century, 16" H
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1001 Bid
Pair Chinese wucai covered jars
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Pair Chinese wucai covered jars
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Jars & Ginger Jars


Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Aalders Auctions

Aalders Auctions