Kangxi Ginger Jars
by Alison Absalom
(Isle of Wight, England)
Could you possibly give an opinion on my pair of "Qing" Dynasty Kangxi ginger jars. Although the marks indicate late Kangxi, I realize the problems with period marks,but I am sure the jars are of some considerable age. By way of provenance however these jars were apparently in my family in the 19th century. My ancestor (Benjamin Bateman) was a well to do international railroad builder who was much travelled and collected Chinese art extensively. I hope the attached photos are of some help. As you may observe in the photos, the Jars are 30cm in height including lids and approximately 26cm in diameter. The glazing is so fine it appears to have been made yesterday. There are some pinpricks and bubbles on the base glaze, and some ageing rust marks around the base rim.
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