Large late Qing dynasty Guangxu period lidded porcelain ginger jar decorated in underglaze blue against a faint bluish-white background with four “shuangxi” symbols (indicating double-happiness and wedded bliss) surrounded by a stylized pattern of pencil style scrolling sweet pea flowers and vines (symbolizing “many children”). A bud forms the finial. The interior and base are glazed but the foot rim and mouth are unglazed. There is kiln grit adhering to the foot rim. This type of decoration with a sweet pea floral background was produced for the Straits Chinese communities and is also referred to as blue and white nonya ware or "Shanghai ware" (see “Straits Chinese Porcelain: A Collector’s Guide” by Ho Wing Meng). Very heavy for its size. Very heavily potted and in very good overall condition. There is a barely noticeable chip on the inside edge of the mouth rim (see enlargement 12). 10” high x about 10” diameter. Circa 1880-1900. From the private collection of a former American resident in Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.