ca. 1862 - 1874 Chinese blue and white ginger jar or wedding jar with the original cover/lid which is very unusual to find. The jar is decorated with the traditional Chinese symbol "shuangxi" which means double happiness or marital bliss on a ground of scrolling foliage that is a conventionalized sweet pea vine. On either side of the jar, are large sweet pea blossoms. This symbolizes "many children". The color is a deep blue.
Historically, ginger jars have, and still are, traditionally used in China as a receptacle for giving and receiving gifts at New Year. Often filled with ginger flavored cookies. The jars are returned to the giver or owner after the cookies or contents enjoyed by the recipient.
Because this jar is marked with the double happiness emblem, we know it was given as a wedding gift.
This jar is from the last half of the 1800's. (1862 - 1874). This is known by the scrolling foliage and the particular "hue" of the blue and the underside of the cover/lid which is unglazed.
The inside of the cover has writing or marks which translate to Qu Wang or "this goes with great reluctance". (This might have been a personal message from the decorator to the final recipient and might mean he was so proud of the piece, that he is reluctant to let it go).
The condition of this piece is excellent.
There is no maker's mark on the bottom, however, I have left the original tag which shows where it was purchased and the Chinese period. (I purchased this piece from an estate with the tag on it). I hesitate to remove it and leave it up to the buyer to remove it.
Size is 6"H x 17" circumference.
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c 1892 White Wedding Jar