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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 ALL-OVER FLORAL CLOISONNE GINGER JARS ON STANDS
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
A PAIR OF ALL-OVER FLORAL CLOISONNE GINGER JARS ON STANDS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD455 Bids
A Collection of Chinese Dishes, Ginger Jars
Feb 21, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Collection of Chinese Dishes, Ginger Jars
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD354 Bids
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CHINESE HAND DECORATED GINGER JAR + TWO PAIRS OF BAODING BALLS
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
CHINESE HAND DECORATED GINGER JAR + TWO PAIRS OF BAODING BALLS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD304 Bids
Ming Dynasty Zhengde Jingdezhen Porcelain Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Ming Dynasty Zhengde Jingdezhen Porcelain Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Chinese Qing Dynasty Hand Painted Porcelain Jars
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Chinese Qing Dynasty Hand Painted Porcelain Jars
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Chinese Aubergine Peking Glass Bowl
Feb 24, 8:30 AM EST
Chinese Aubergine Peking Glass Bowl
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $500
$503 Bids
Pair of Chinese porcelain ginger jars (23 x 20cm)
Feb 22, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of Chinese porcelain ginger jars (23 x 20cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD203 Bids
Large Carved Chinese Soapstone Incense Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Large Carved Chinese Soapstone Incense Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Chinese Carved Cinnabar Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Chinese Carved Cinnabar Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Hand Painted Famille Rose Chinese Porcelain Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Hand Painted Famille Rose Chinese Porcelain Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Chinese Carved Stone Foo Dog Lidded Incense Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Chinese Carved Stone Foo Dog Lidded Incense Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Chinese Hand Painted Porcelain Heron Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Chinese Hand Painted Porcelain Heron Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Pair of Chinese porcelain ginger jars (32 x 23cm)
Feb 22, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pair of Chinese porcelain ginger jars (32 x 23cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD152 Bids
Pair of Chinese Green Glazed Ming Style Jars
Feb 22, 9:00 AM PST
Pair of Chinese Green Glazed Ming Style Jars
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$752 Bids
Chinese Oxblood Porcelain Covered Jar
Feb 21, 11:00 AM CST
Chinese Oxblood Porcelain Covered Jar
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$202 Bids
Chinese Iron Red Decorated Porcelain Covered Jar
Feb 21, 11:00 AM CST
Chinese Iron Red Decorated Porcelain Covered Jar
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$602 Bids
Chinese Blue And White Crackle Glazed Porcelain Jar With Bird Motif
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
Chinese Blue And White Crackle Glazed Porcelain Jar With Bird Motif
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Antique Chinese Engraved Bronze Jar
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Chinese Engraved Bronze Jar
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A FAMILLE ROSE FLOWERS AND BIRDS JAR AND COVER
Feb 24, 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 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
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN LIDDED GINGER JARS
Feb 25, 10:00 AM CST
(2) CHINESE BLUE & WHITE PORCELAIN LIDDED GINGER JARS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1501 Bid
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Jar
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Jar
by Neue Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Large Chinese blue glazed jar
Feb 26, 12:00 PM PST
Large Chinese blue glazed jar
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Jars & Ginger Jars


Veilinghuis de Jager

Veilinghuis de Jager

Mega International Auction

Mega International Auction

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Jumbo Auction House

Jumbo Auction House