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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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A blue and white porcelain covered jar painted with Theppanom alternated with a scrolling floral vine design
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain covered jar painted with Theppanom alternated with a scrolling floral vine design
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿8,000- ฿10,000
฿4,0003 Bids
A blue and white porcelain jar painted with scrolling lotus design
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain jar painted with scrolling lotus design
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿5,000- ฿7,000
฿6,0002 Bids
A FAMILLE ROSE FLOWERS AND BIRDS JAR AND COVER
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
A FAMILLE ROSE FLOWERS AND BIRDS JAR AND COVER
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$3501 Bid
A polychrome porcelain jar painted with peonies blossom pattern
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A polychrome porcelain jar painted with peonies blossom pattern
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿8,000- ฿10,000
฿3,0001 Bid
Antique Chinese Double Happiness Porcelain Ginger Jar
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Chinese Double Happiness Porcelain Ginger Jar
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
(3 Pc) Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jars
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
(3 Pc) Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jars
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
A FAMILLE ROSE ‘LADIES IN THE GARDEN’ CREAM JUG, YONGZHENG PERIOD
Mar 01, 10:00 AM CET
A FAMILLE ROSE ‘LADIES IN THE GARDEN’ CREAM JUG, YONGZHENG PERIOD
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €250- €500
€2501 Bid
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A FINE SMALL FAMILLE ROSE SIX SIDE PORCELAIN JAR
Mar 03, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE SMALL FAMILLE ROSE SIX SIDE PORCELAIN JAR
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $60- $90
$301 Bid
A Porcelain Blue and White Interlock Branches Jar
Feb 29, 2:00 PM PST
A Porcelain Blue and White Interlock Branches Jar
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $2,100- $2,500
$4001 Bid
An underglaze red flower patterned blue and white porcelain jar,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 8:00 AM EST
An underglaze red flower patterned blue and white porcelain jar,Qing Dynasty,China
by Hotspot Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2001 Bid
Antique Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jar
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jar
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL LOTUS SCROLLS JAR
Mar 03, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL LOTUS SCROLLS JAR
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $8,000- $14,000
$2,0001 Bid
Antique Chinese Lidded Blue And White Porcelain Jar
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Chinese Lidded Blue And White Porcelain Jar
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Chinese Thousand Flowers Porcelain Lidded Jar
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Thousand Flowers Porcelain Lidded Jar
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Chinese Pair Porcelain Botanical Ginger Jar Vases
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Chinese Pair Porcelain Botanical Ginger Jar Vases
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Scenic Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Jar
Mar 16, 12:00 PM EDT
Scenic Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Jar
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $500- $700
$801 Bid
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A Collection of 3 Blue and White Ginger Jars
Feb 29, 10:00 AM CET
A Collection of 3 Blue and White Ginger Jars
by Veilinghuis de Jager
Est: €180- €350
€1201 Bid
Chinese Turquoise Cloisonne Lidded Vessel Pair
Mar 08, 12:00 PM GMT
Chinese Turquoise Cloisonne Lidded Vessel Pair
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
Vintage Dragon Motif Chinese Ginger Jar
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Dragon Motif Chinese Ginger Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Jar
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Jar
by Neue Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Chinese Yongquing Changchun Marked Porcelain Jar
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Yongquing Changchun Marked Porcelain Jar
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
Chinese Cloisonne Lidded Ginger Jar Vase
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Cloisonne Lidded Ginger Jar Vase
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
CHINESE HAND PAINTED ENAMELED PORCELAIN LIDDED JAR WHITE WITH FLORALS
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
CHINESE HAND PAINTED ENAMELED PORCELAIN LIDDED JAR WHITE WITH FLORALS
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1600 Bids
Longevity peaches general jar
Feb 28, 9:00 PM EST
Longevity peaches general jar
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $2,100- $2,600
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Jars & Ginger Jars


Veilinghuis de Jager

Veilinghuis de Jager

Jumbo Auction House

Jumbo Auction House

Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc

Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC