Antique Chinese Porcelain Ginger Jar Table Lamp - Ming Dynasty

by Stacey
(West Palm Beach, Florida)

front view - birds/flowers

front view - birds/flowers

front view - birds/flowers full front view with finial back view - chinese writing full back view with finial

I recently acquired a beautifully hand-painted Chinese Porcelain Ginger Jar Table Lamp with esquisite paintings of black bird and flowers in front and Chinese writing on back. Bottom has hand-carved dark wood, possibly rosewood or ebony, and topped with lovely Asian-style finial.

Perhaps Ming Dynasty? Meaning of the art work or writing? I read on-line that these were often decorated to reflect happiness or prosperity and given a ceremonial gifts such as wedding. Also, any ideas on possible value?

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by: peter

Hello,
If your jar is not a copy, then it is early 20th century, or late Qing dynasty. It is a later type of qianjiang decoration that is fairly frequent.

With these small pictures I cannot tell you more. The glossy glaze could be due to non-use/good care, but to make sure it would be necessary to see closeup pictures of the decoration (partial), as well as a picture of the bottom and shoulder/neck, showing details clearly.
These jars usually have a less shiny glaze and the writing has often faded (abraded) in places.

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