From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very high quality 19th century ginger jar done in the "1000 Antiques" design against a "cracked ice" ground, either Tongzhi (1862-1874) or Guangxu Period (1875-1908). One could be forgiven for thinking this piece is Kangxi (1662-1722) given the high quality of the paste, the high quality of the underglaze cobalt blue, and the proficiency of the painting. Indeed, if Kangxi, it should be two-three times our price. But buried within our research materials somewhere, we are fairly certain we have seen this variation of the 1000 antiques design in old A.A. Vantine & Co. catalogs from the turn of the century, A.A. Vantine being one of those 19th century New York based importers of Chinoisserie. One of our consultants believes the same as well. Mindful of our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee, we would rather be conservative and date it as 19th century, albeit unusually high quality for 19th century.
Size and condition: 10 1/4 inches tall, 8 1/4 inches wide. There is a sealed star crack to the underside of the lid, but this does not go through to the front.