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A Good 19th Century Ginger Jar, "Double Shu" Design

A Good 19th Century Ginger Jar, "Double Shu" Design

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1910: Item # 936910
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From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a good ginger jar with "double shu" design bestowing "double happiness," late 19th century, either Tongzhi (1862-1874) or Guangxu Period (1875-1908).

Jars such as this current example were often given as gifts containing foodstuffs with the lids glued shut. As a result, many lids were broken upon opening and subsequently lost to history, which is why so many are seen without their original lids. It's always nice to find an example with its original lid intact.

Size and condition: 9 1/4 inches tall, 8 inches wide. There is a chip to the underside of the lid, and a star crack to the side of the body along with other general wear commensurate with age.