Create that Hamptons look with our White Lattice Ginger Jar.
A classical ginger jar is characterized by its rounded ovoid shape and high shoulders. The term “ginger jar” is a Western invention. In China, the shape is simply called “guan,” or jar, and they were used to store herbs. Very often the original covers are lost and have been replaced by matching porcelain or finely carved wooden lids with intricate openwork decoration.
The Origins of the Ginger Jar
The ginger jar originated in the days of the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE-207 BCE) as a storage receptacle for spices like salt and ginger. When ginger became a chief export to the Western world, the vessels in which it was stored and transported became known as “ginger jars.”
What Were Ginger Jars Used For?
Though the ginger jar was originally intended as a utilitarian object, it often showcased the rich colors and vibrant patterns characteristic of Chinese Ceramics. As time progressed, ginger jars became increasingly celebrated as decorative objects, and by the 19th century, the ginger jar was essentially collected solely for aesthetics. “Ginger jars became objects of interior design, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries when they were highly fashionable in Europe as luxurious export goods,”
Dimensions 38cm high x 23cm at the widest point