Today we are delighted to offer for sale a beautiful antique Chinese blanc de chine Foo dog decorated ginger jar! This gorgeous piece dates to the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and is finely crafted of blanc de chine porcelain. 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”. The ginger jar displays the traditional high shoulder and finial-topped flat-lid shape. The piece features wonderful hand-painted decorations in coral/iron red depicting a mighty foo dog/dragon with phoenix-like tail shape. The main foo dog is surrounded by four other foo dogs, one of which is holding a mandala. The reverse side of the vase features calligraphy poems with red seal. The vase is un-marked but clearly the work of a highly-talented and skilled artist. Vase presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor surface wear and patina commensurate with age. There are a few very minor (and hard to see) surface nicks from handling on the lower half of vase but no cracks or other damage. This colorful and timeless piece will add elegant decorator style and elegance to any interior and will look perfect in any room of your home or business. Add sophisticated Chinese elegance and warmth to any interior with this wonderful ginger jar vase…Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 12-1/8″ in height, 9″ in diameter (at the widest point)
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