Collecting Ginger Jars - 405 Magazine

Collecting Ginger Jars

Make a modern statement with an ancient accessory — or two.

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Make a modern statement with an ancient accessory — or two.

Originally made for storing spices in ancient China, the decorative vessels known today as “ginger jars” first gained popularity (and their moniker) in the Western world in the 19th century when they were exported to Europe. The accessory is traditionally hand-painted with intricate designs, and one of the best things about styling with ginger jars is how you can mix patterns, shapes and styles for an eclectic look. 

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Ginger jars are often displayed in groups, so don’t stop with just one. Here is a roundup of local finds to start your own collection. Happy hunting!

Cherry Blossom Ginger Jar: Live Boho

Square Porcelain Tea Jar with Landscape Motif: ME Home

Hand-Painted Blue Ceramic Jar: The Wood Garden

Dragon Lotus Temple Jar: Henry Home Interiors

Coral Porcelain Double Happiness Ginger Jar: Sanctuarie

Monogrammed Ginger Jar in French Blue: Shop Lo Home

Porcelain Floral Temple Jar: Mister Robert Fine Furniture

Peony Temple Jar with Lion Accents: The Green House