Decorative ginger jars with lids

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Chinese Ginger Jars

18th Century Chinese Ginger Jars
Beautiful set of Chinese ginger jars 18th century or earlier.  

Antique 18th Century Chinese Jars

Chinese Ginger Jar with Foo Dog Topper
This large 1950s Chinese ginger jar is made of many bright, contrasting and vibrant colors. The cover of the jar has a foo dog on top of it adding some authentic Chinese decoration.

Vintage 1950s Chinese Jars

Monumental Chinese Ginger Jars with Fruit and Faux Bois Foliate, Pair
These are wonderful! This pair of Chinese ginger jars are very large! The lids and body are covered in winding faux bois vines and fruit…some sort of plum. I believe them to be Late-...

Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Chinese Navy Blue Ginger Jar
Antique Chinese (Early 20th Century) ceramic ginger jar vase in navy blue with a brown earthenware opening.  

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Ceramic Chinoiserie Chinese Ginger Jar with Lid and Floral Motif
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A small white chinoiserie ginger jar with a lid. The body and lid are both decorated with hand-painted blue and pink flowers. A lovely piece to add to a collection, or to display on ...

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Jars

Chinese Bai White Ginger Jar
Defined by its rounded body, high shoulders, and domed lid, the time-honored Chinese baluster jar takes on a streamlined look in this contemporary interpretation made in Zhejiang pro...

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Minimalist Jars

Chinese Bai White Ginger Jar
Defined by its rounded body, high shoulders, and domed lid, the time-honored Chinese baluster jar takes on a streamlined look in this contemporary interpretation made in Zhejiang pro...

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Minimalist Jars

Vintage Chinese Porcelain Ginger Jar
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This delicate Chinese ceramic style first developed during the Tang Dynasty. The color is a traditional cobalt blue on white. The Chinese character seen on the jar symbolizes "double...

Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Jars

Pair Chinese Ginger Jars with Cabbage Decoration Xianfeng Reign (1831-1860)
WHY WE LOVE IT: Who doesn't love pink and green? We are pleased to offer this pair of Chinese ginger jars with cabbage decoration dated to the Xianfeng reign of the Qing dynasty (183...

Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Jars

Ginger Jar Blue White Chinese Vase
Decor of double lucky signs and lotus ribbons in underglaze blue, height including lid approx. 24 cm.  

Antique 1880s Chinese Jars

Chinese Dark Teal and Umber Ginger Jar
Chinese porcelain vase with a bulbous form and painterly, shifting finish revealing multiple shades of teal, green, and umber.  

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Chinese Cream and Blue Floral Ginger Jar
Antique Chinese (Early 20th Century) cream ginger jar vase with a blue brushstroke background and florals, and an unglazed opening.  

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Chinese Blue and White Phoenix Ginger Jar
This grand baluster jar from Jiangxi province is a continuation of a centuries-old tradition of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain ware. Painted with expressive brushwork, the jar is f...

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Pair of Chinese Cinnabar Covered Ginger Jars
Pair of Chinese cinnabar covered ginger jars decorated with carved figural landscapes Late Qing dynasty Measures: H 8 in. (20.3 cm).

Antique 19th Century Chinese Jars

Chinese White and Blue Figurative Porcelain Ginger Jar
Chinese white porcelain ginger jar decorated with blue figures amid scroll detailing with a finial topped lid.  

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Chinese Maroon and Umber Lidded Porcelain Ginger Jar
Chinese porcelain lidded ginger jar in a finish that shifts within a range of umber, red and maroon, adding dimension to its shape.        

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Pair of Chinese Blue and White Butterfly Ginger Jars
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Chinese ginger jars with lids in a butterfly motif.

20th Century Chinese Jars

Chinese Famille Rose Ginger Jar with Ancient Censers, c. 1900
Beautifully commemorated on this oval ginger jar, censers have been used for thousands of years in Chinese culture as a part of funeral rites or prayer offerings. Filled with dried a...

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Chinese Celadon and Blue Figurative Lidded Porcelain Ginger Jar
Antique Chinese (Early 20th Century) celadon ginger jar with a dark blue figurative scene and a turned wooden lid with a pointed finial.  

20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Jars

Contemporary Extra Large Chinese Blue and White Ginger Jar
Circa 2000 contemporary extra large blue and white Chinoiserie style ginger jar depicting motifs of painted lions with blue lion finial on the lid. Made in China. Please note of wear...

20th Century Chinese Jars


Porcelain, Pottery

Chinese Famille Rose Ginger Jar with Celestial Dragons, c. 1900
During the 18th century, Europeans provided an eager market for Chinese export porcelain, especially the colorful and fanciful ware known as “famille rose.” Named for a palette of op...

Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Jars

  • Chinese Famille Rose Ginger Jar with Celestial Dragons, c. 1900
  • Chinese Famille Rose Ginger Jar with Celestial Dragons, c. 1900
  • Chinese Famille Rose Ginger Jar with Celestial Dragons, c. 1900

Ginger Jars: My Collection + Sources

Ginger Jar Collection
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Ginger Jars: The History

Originally made of blue and white porcelain, Ginger Jars are a classic and iconic home decor accessory. They are also known as Temple Jars, though there is a difference. Ginger jars are typically round with a flat top, while temple jars are rounder near the top and get narrower toward the bottom. A temple jar has a round lid with a protrusion at the top. I tend to use the term “ginger jar” generically for all of them though.

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They were originally used in ancient China for storing spices such as salt and ginger, hence the name. They became popular as decor pieces in the 17th century in Europe and the classic, elegant design still graces homes today.

Classic Blue is the Pantone color of the year for 2020 and the blue and white ginger jars and vases fit right in. They are classic decor pieces that will never go out of style. Today, ginger jars come in many colors, textures and patterns.

My Ginger Jar Collection

I first fell in love with blue and white ginger jars on a trip to the Antique Market in Round Top, TX in March of 2018. They had tents filled to the brim with gorgeous antique blue and white ginger jars, temple jars, vases and bowls. I bought my first one there and have been hooked ever since! 

Over the past few years I’ve acquired some really gorgeous blue and white pieces to add to my collection. I’ve also expanded my collection to include pure white temple jars and ginger jars as well. I’ve never been one to collect things, but I just can’t seem to pass up these beautiful jars. 

My collection consists of large and small pieces and I even have doubles of some. I love to create statement making vignettes with them or I’ll use them on their own as a centerpiece or flanking my mantle.  They look great on a bookshelf and are just gorgeous behind glass cabinet doors.

How to Style Ginger Jars

These timeless jars can be styled in any room and can work with any decor style. Use them anywhere you need a little something extra or to take your space up a notch. There is no right or wrong when it comes to styling ginger jars. Today I’m sharing some ways I’ve styled temple jars and ginger jars in my home.

The Entryway

I love to welcome guests into my home with a well styled entryway. Ginger Jars are the perfect addition to console tables in the entryway. I like them alone, flanking the mirror, and with the lid on or off and filled with flowers.

Ginger Jar Summer Entryway
Ginger Jar Patriotic Entryway
Blue and White Ginger Jars on Console Table
Fall Home Tour 2019 Entryway Decor by Shannon Gold Design
Entryway table decorated for Christmas
Entryway Valentine Decor

The Dining Room

Formal dining rooms and elegant ginger jars are a match made in heaven. They make great centerpieces for the dining room table and look beautiful when used as a vase filled with florals. They are beautiful on bar carts and buffet tables as well. I especially like them paired with chippendale furniture.

Blue and White Ginger Jar with Lemon Stems
Fall Home Tour 2019 Dining Room Velvet Pumpkin Centerpiece by Shannon Gold Design
Ginger Jar Spring Dining Room
V-Day Dining Room
Dining Room Tablescape Valentine's Day

The Living Room

Ginger jars look great in the living room. They can make a statement when placed on the coffee table, console, mantle, or flanking the hearth. They are also the perfect piece for bookshelves and look great in a cluster or standing alone.

Family Photo Over Fireplace
Spring Console Table
Ginger Jars and Pumpkins on console table
Ginger Jar on Bookshelf
Fall Home Tour 2019 Book Shelf Styling by Shannon Gold Design
Faux Flowers and Plants Fall Home Tour 2019 Coffee Table VIgnette by Shannon Gold Design
Ginger Jar on Bookshelf
Ginger Jar with Pink Cherry Blossoms in Living Room
Ginger Jar on Hearth
Blue and White Ginger Jars on Console Table
White Textured Ginger Jars on Coffee Table
White Ginger Jar Pink Cherry Blossom Vignette
White Ginger Jars on Console Table
Gray Ginger Jar in Teen Lounge

The Kitchen

Since ginger jars were originally meant to hold spices, why not use them in your kitchen? They look beautiful in the center of the island. I’ve also used them at the coffee station to hold our coffee pods and tea bags. My favorite spot to place them, however, is flanking the stove.

Ginger Jars flanking stove
View from Kitchen Island
Ginger Jars on Island
Ginger Jar coffee station
Kitchen Shelves with Ginger Jars
Bright White Kitchen Island
Closeup of V-Day Island Centerpiece

The Breakfast Nook

Our breakfast nook is a bit less formal then the dining room, however I love styling my ginger jars on the breakfast table. They look just as beautiful in a casual space. My favorite way to style them is to double them up with something in the center.

Ginger Jars for Spring Centerpiece
Fall Home Tour 2019 Breakfast Nook Ginger Jars by Shannon Gold Design
Christmas Kitchen Breakfast Tablescape
Ginger Jars Valentine Tablescape

The Bedroom

Ginger Jars work well in the bedroom too. I frequently arrange them on our nightstands and dressers.

Guest Room suitcase
Master Bedroom Tour and Sources
Master Bedroom Tour and Source

The Bathroom

I placed blue and white temple jars around our tub and loved the look. They helped create a peaceful and relaxing spa-like vibe. The blue and white garden stool went perfectly with the chinoiserie jars and is the perfect spot to hold towels and bath time essentials. They also looked beautiful in the powder room for Valentine’s day.

Master Bathroom Tub
Valentine Bathroom Decor

Where to Find Ginger Jars

Real antique ginger jars and temple are hard to come by and are quite expensive. Lucky for us, replicas of these iconic jars are now mass produced and are much more affordable and easier to find.

My absolute favorite place to score blue and white ginger jars and temple jars is Homegoods. You have to be patient and visit quite frequently, but I’ve been very lucky and have gotten some really beautiful pieces there. 

I’ve also seen some blue and white chinoiserie jars, vases, bowls, decorative balls, and planters at discount stores like Ross, Hobby Lobby, Joannes and Michaels. My eyes are always peeled when I’m out and about. 

Luckily they can be found at many retailers online as well. I’ve sourced beautiful ginger jars and temple jars at various price points for large and small budgets below. 

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My ginger jars are my absolute favorite decor pieces to date. They are so versatile and can make an elegant decor statement in any room. I hope you have as much fun building up a collection as I have had. Do you have a collection of these beauties in your home or are you building your collection? Let me know in the comments how you like to display them in your home.

I have used these iconic jars to decorate for every season and holiday this year. Check out the posts below to see how they work with everyday and seasonal decor.

Home Tour and Room Sources

Fall Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

Valentine Home Tour

Shop my Ginger Jar Boutique

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The Story Behind The Classic Beauty Of Ginger Jars

Ginger jars are very appreciated by porcelain collectors who cherish them for their beautiful and intricate designs. But ginger jars weren’t always this popular, especially in Europe, and they weren’t always called ginger jars. They originated in China in the Qin Dynasty and they began being exported to Europe in the 19th century. That’s also when they started being used as decorative objects.

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Originally, ginger jars were used for storing and transporting spices in Ancient China. They were used as containers for salt, oil but also rarer spices such as ginger, hence the name they got when they began entering the Western world. Their utilitarian purpose was replaced in time by a decorative one. Jars such as the one available on Pier1 are meant to be displayed on mantels or shelves.

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Ginger jars are mostly identified by their blue and white designs but the fact is that this isn’t the only combination that they come in. The blue and white look became popular in Europe and started a whole trend but these jars are actually produced in lots of other colors. The more colorful versions are less popular and, because of that, more special and hard to find.

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Usually hand-painted, the true antique ginger jars are made of porcelain. The demand for these ornaments in Europe created opportunities for those that started to mass produce the jars. Those versions, however, are not nearly as valuable and the antique ones that the collectors seek.

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These jars are no longer used for their intended purpose, at least not in Europe or other parts of the globe. They have become decorative objects, sometimes repurposed as vases or displayed as centerpieces or on fireplace mantels or on shelves.

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Some of the most common decorative motifs used on ginger jars include dragons, landscapes, floral designs and Chinese carps. The large jar displayed here as a vase features a village scene. You can find the same jar on Ethanallen.

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It’s easy to identify a ginger jar not only by its white and blue decorative motif but also by its form. The jars have high shoulders, rounded shapes, small mouths, domed lids and they have no handles. You can see two variations of the design displayed on Lemonstripes.

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Because it’s usually difficult to stop at just one, ginger jars are usually displayed in groups of two, three or more. They’re clustered on tables or on shelves and before you know it you become a collector and you need a bigger space for all your jars. Maybe you could find some inspiration on Isuwannee.

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You may not be very familiar with ginger jars and their history but you surely know someone or have seen somewhere other similar ornamental pieces. Decorative Chinese plates and bowls are still popular among collectors or anyone who appreciates the look.

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If you can find a ginger jar that still has the lid it would be a shame to turn it into a vase and to not take advantage of the complete look. It’s pretty rare to find an antique jar that still has the lid on.

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There’s no right or wrong way to display a set of ginger jars. You can simply put them all in the same place or you can spread them around the room. You can also display them together with other decorations such as small sculptures, vases or books.

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Some jars have whole scenes painted on them while others can feature repetitive patterns or simpler designs. You can find a variety of beautiful models on Williams-sonoma. They all feature a combination of white and cobalt blue.

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The common way to repurpose these beautiful jars is into vases. In fact, some vases have been specifically designed to replicate ginger jars in design but without copying their signature form.

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The white and blue combo is very common in Mediterranean decors. You could say that these vases are mimicking the look of ginger jars. They have the same type of charm. {found on classiccasualhome}.

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The versatility of these decorative items allows them to look exquisite in a variety of settings. Their classical charm can complement rustic and traditional interiors but can also look great in a modern outdoor settings such as this one that features elegant Millbrook chairs around a classy wooden table.

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It’s up to you to find the best way to display your ginger jar collection. Here, for example, they were all clustered on a side table and they serve as a focal point for the room’s decor.

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Use ginger jars to add some color, pattern and style to a hallway. Display them on a console table and let them contrast with other decor elements such as the wall behind them, the area rug on the table on which they stand.

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You can add a classical touch to your kitchen decor by displaying ginger jars on top of the wall-mounted cabinets or on an open shelf. If you have some other decorative pieces that match their style, put those up there as well.

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If you want to keep your precious antique jars behind closed doors but still out in plain view for everyone to see, consider cabinets with glass fronts The glass keeps the dust away but doesn’t obstruct your collection from being admired.

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Another interesting way to display your ginger jars is by grouping them up and showcasing them in front of the fireplace. The most common option would be to place them on the mantel but if you want to try something a little bit different you could display them like this, so the black backdrop of the fireplace interior helps them stand out even more.

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Hallways often lack style and character but not this one. It’s beautifully decorated with a simple console table, a big circular mirror on the wall and a pair of ginger jars on either side of it, framing it and complementing its blue frame.

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You can also take your beautiful ginger jars outside and have them displayed on a porch or a deck. Here they’re placed on the mantel of this big outdoor fireplace and there’s a couple more at the bottom as well.

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Ginger jars can also look wonderful in the kitchen where you could use them as decorations or centerpieces. You could turn one into a beautiful and unique vase for the island or keep one on a shelf. Of course, let’s not forget about the origin of these beautiful jars so consider them actually using them to store your spices.

Where to get ginger jars from?

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You’re probably wondering where could one acquire such a beautiful jar. Well, there’s plenty of options so we looked around and found a few products that you might want to check out. The prices of these jars can vary a lot but you can also find fairly inexpensive ones, like this Floral Ginger Jar with a classic design. It’s small and measures 8.5” H x 4.5” W x 4.5” D and you can pair It with other bigger ginger jars if you want to.

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This Ginger Urn is another lovely example of something stylish that you can use as a decoration for your home. It’s hexagon-shaped and has more white in its design than other types of ginger jars which can be a detail that you can use in your favor. It has an elegant blue floral design and ir can be paired with all sorts of other similar items.

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The design of this particular ginger jar is quite special. It depicts a beautiful Chinese-inspired landscape and it’s entirely handmade and handpainted. The shape is classical and this would be a great piece for anyone who appreciates Asian culture and wants something that can reflect that in their interior décor. Display it on a mantel, a console table or a shelf, either alone or with others.

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Ginger jars come in all sorts of shapes and sizes which is great news for collectors because it means they can mix and match different pieces to create a wonderful and diverse display. This Bliss Blue ginger jar is a lovely piece to add to your collection. It has an interesting rounded shape with a pointy top and it measures 12” H x 6” W x 6” D overall. It’s also one of the more affordable ginger jars out there.

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The Thielen floral ginger jaralso has a really beautiful look. It features an authentic Ming style oriental design with a traditional floral motif. Its overall dimensions are 9.5” H x 8” W x 8” D and it can be paired with a fitted stand if you wish to display it in such away.

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This Mordecaiblue ginger jar is a bit more on the expensive side but it features a really beautiful design. It’s a handcrafted piece with an elegant silhouette and a hand painted floral motif on a dark blue background. It’s a timeless piece that will keep its charm forever.

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This is a square-shaped ginger jar, quite an unusual shape that not many of them have. The design is a classical one and the color palette is the same white and blue combination but this time with gold accents as well. The overall dimensions of this jar are 12.6” H x 6.3” W x 6.3” D which allows it to be grouped with most of the other products on this list.


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