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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

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A pair of large Chinese Export Famille Rose Medallion porcelain covered jars
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
A pair of large Chinese Export Famille Rose Medallion porcelain covered jars
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
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TANG DYNASTY DRAGON HANDLED SANSAI GLAZED AMPHORA
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
TANG DYNASTY DRAGON HANDLED SANSAI GLAZED AMPHORA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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A pair of Chinese gilt decorated blue ground covered jars
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
A pair of Chinese gilt decorated blue ground covered jars
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,5004 Bids
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Chinese Blue White Porcelain Jar
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Blue White Porcelain Jar
by Wealthier Art & Auction
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Two Chinese hand painted under glazed blue and white jars with lids
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Two Chinese hand painted under glazed blue and white jars with lids
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Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Chinese Peking Glass Red to White Ginger Jar
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Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Antique Chinese blue and white underglaze porcelain lidded jar on wood stand 27 cms tall
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Est: AUD300- AUD600
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A Chinese Underglaze Blue And Copper Red Porcelain Jar with Wood Stand
Oct 30, 9:30 AM EDT
A Chinese Underglaze Blue And Copper Red Porcelain Jar with Wood Stand
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(2) CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE PORCELAIN GINGER JARS
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
(2) CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE PORCELAIN GINGER JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1251 Bid
CHINESE FIGURAL ENAMELED PORCELAIN JAR
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
CHINESE FIGURAL ENAMELED PORCELAIN JAR
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$801 Bid
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE FIGURES STORY PORCELAIN JAR
Oct 30, 8:00 PM EDT
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE FIGURES STORY PORCELAIN JAR
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$1001 Bid
CHINESE YUAN DYNASTY (1250-1368) 14TH C. BLUE AND WHITE MINIATURE JAR
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
CHINESE YUAN DYNASTY (1250-1368) 14TH C. BLUE AND WHITE MINIATURE JAR
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MOTTAHEDEH BLUE CANTON FU DOG JAR
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
MOTTAHEDEH BLUE CANTON FU DOG JAR
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Est: $275- $325
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A pair of Chinese cloisonné peacock vessels
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A pair of Chinese cloisonné peacock vessels
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A VERY LARGE FAMILLE ROSE JAR AND COVER Yongzheng (2)
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A VERY LARGE FAMILLE ROSE JAR AND COVER Yongzheng (2)
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Large Ming Porcelain Underred Floral Jar
Oct 23, 1:30 PM EDT
Large Ming Porcelain Underred Floral Jar
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$6001 Bid
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A Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Jar with Base
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$1001 Bid
Oriental Porcelain Hand Painted Covered Jar
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oriental Porcelain Hand Painted Covered Jar
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Set of Four Contemporary Chinese Ginger Jars
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Set of Four Contemporary Chinese Ginger Jars
by Nye & Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Chinese famille Rose opium jar, approx 13cm H
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Antique Chinese famille Rose opium jar, approx 13cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD401 Bid
CHINESE GINGER JAR
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
CHINESE GINGER JAR
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
FAMILLE ROSE ON PEACOCK GREEN GROUND JAR
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
FAMILLE ROSE ON PEACOCK GREEN GROUND JAR
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
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Two Chinese gilt decorated blue porcelain covered jars now as lamps
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Two Chinese gilt decorated blue porcelain covered jars now as lamps
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Jars & Ginger Jars


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC