Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ginger Jars

are an accessory I definitely haven't tired of. They are available in array of colors, sizes and styles. The ginger jar is a wonderful way to finish off or even begin a room. The array of designs available can be the inspiration for both a gorgeous color palette and genre. I just finished up an accessory inspiration board for a pair of shelves for a client and yes, we are using ginger jars!!
Here's a brief history on the Chinese Pottery.

Ginger Jar History
"Pottery developed in China 5,000 years ago, but porcelain didn't emerge in the region until the 10th century. The Chinese began creating the delicate ginger jars around that time. In the late 19th century the jars became a popular product for export.

More Than Ginger
The ginger jar appellation is a vestige of the wealthy Westerners who bought imported jars filled with ginger, largely for decorative purposes. In China the jars have a variety of cultural roles. Some were made as gifts to Chinese emperors. Others were traditional wedding gifts to grooms.

Ginger jars come in various styles and sizes and many different colors. Generally the jars have a wide mouth, usually covered with a domed lid. The bulbous body is usually hand-painted. The highest quality ginger jars---and the true antiques---are made of porcelain."

Information above via: www.ehow.com/about ginger jar.

 Ginger Jar Round-Up 


Images: Ashley Whittaker, Pinterest 2 + 3, Anna Spiro, ?, Mary McDonald


kelleyp said...

i am ginger jar obsessed!

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

I collect blue and white ginger jars, too...I have no where else to put them, but that doesn't stop me :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful images!

My Many Moments said...

A post after my own heart! I have jinger jars in every room of my house! I find GoodWill is the best place to find these beauties for cheap! Great post.

A.S.D. Interiors said...

Ginger jars are such a great accessory because you can find designs and colors to match with practically any room. I love the pictures you've provided, especially the ones of the jars with the designs in royal blue.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Yup, love them- the original Chinese blue ones are my favourite- the colour is so gorgeous in any space.

BOO said...

I love the classic blue and white ones. Never out of style!! - BOO

aBroad said...

I have collected Blue and White ginger jars for years but my prize is the Celadon jar that we bought at an Asian Art house in Portland Oregon. It is so amazing.
My best little ginger jar came from Japan, when my son lived there, it was broken in our move here.. weeping.

Colourrich said...

The yellow one is my favourite! Bright orange lattice type ones have also caught my eye lately. Thanks for sharing.

That Girl Designs said...

Oh, especially like the solid colored ones. Thanks for sharing.


Can't live without! That third one is awesome.

Linda @ a design snack said...

Loved them since I was a little girl. I don't have enough of them! Thanks for the great post. That blue pierced jar is fabulous.


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