Rare Pair of Qing Dynasty Lidded Ginger Jars

PRESENTING A GLORIOUSLY Rare Pair of Qing Dynasty Lidded Ginger Jars.

These lidded urns, or Jars, or Vases are simply gorgeous and exhibit all the legitimate signs of natural aging that one would expect from a genuine antique Chinese piece.

Not marked, which likewise, signifies genuine age.

They are not exactly matching, but were most definitely designed to be kept as a Pair!

Each has different coloring and decoration and one is slightly larger than the other.



Both have floral decoration, one with an orange blossom as the main featured decoration and the other with magenta blossom’s. Also, the one on the right has birds on its decoration.

Both are hand-painted ceramics.

The one with the birds has a poem written on the rear on the other one has a butterfly.

The lids are also decorated to match the urn.

In our opinion, these Urns were made in the late 19th Century….circa 1890.

NOTE: The lids in the photos are on the wrong urn … just swap them over!


The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing (/tʃɪŋ/), was the last imperial dynasty of China. It was established in 1636, and ruled China proper from 1644 to 1912. It was preceded by the Ming dynasty and succeeded by the Republic of China. The Qing multi-cultural empire lasted for almost three centuries and formed the territorial base for modern China. It was the fifth largest empire in world history.

The dynasty was founded by the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan in Manchuria. In the late sixteenth century, Nurhaci, originally a Ming Jianzhou Guard vassal, began organizing “Banners“, military-social units that included ManchuHan, and Mongol elements. Nurhaci formed the Manchu clans into a unified entity. By 1636, his son Hong Taiji began driving Ming forces out of Liaodong and declared a new dynasty, the Qing. In 1644, peasant rebels led by Li Zicheng conquered the Ming capital, Beijing. Rather than serve them, Ming general Wu Sangui made an alliance with the Manchus and opened the Shanhai Pass to the Banner Armies led by the regent Prince Dorgon, who defeated the rebels and seized the capital. Resistance from the Southern Ming and the Revolt of the Three Feudatories led by Wu Sangui delayed the Qing conquest of China proper by nearly four decades. The conquest was only completed in 1683 under the Kangxi Emperor reign (1661–1722). The Ten Great Campaigns of the Qianlong Emperor from the 1750s to the 1790s extended Qing control into Inner Asia. The early Qing rulers maintained their Manchu customs, and while their title was Emperor, they used “Bogd khaan” when dealing with the Mongols and they were patrons of Tibetan Buddhism. They governed using Confucian styles and institutions of bureaucratic government and retained the imperial examinations to recruit Han Chinese to work under or in parallel with Manchus. They also adapted the ideals of the tributary system in dealing with neighboring territories.

During the Qianlong Emperor reign (1735–1796) the dynasty reached its apogee, but then began its initial decline in prosperity and imperial control. The population rose to some 400 millions, but taxes and government revenues were fixed at a low rate, virtually guaranteeing eventual fiscal crisis. Corruption set in, rebels tested government legitimacy, and ruling elites failed to change their mindsets in the face of changes in the world system. Following the Opium Wars, European powers imposed “unequal treaties“, free tradeextraterritoriality and treaty ports under foreign control. The Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864) and the Dungan Revolt (1862–1877) in Central Asia led to the deaths of some 20 million people, most of them due to famines caused by war. In spite of these disasters, in the Tongzhi Restoration of the 1860s, Han Chinese elites rallied to the defense of the Confucian order and the Qing rulers. The initial gains in the Self-Strengthening Movement were destroyed in the First Sino-Japanese War of 1895, in which the Qing lost its influence over Korea and the possession of TaiwanNew Armies were organized, but the ambitious Hundred Days’ Reform of 1898 was turned back in a coup by the conservative Empress Dowager Cixi. When the Scramble for Concessions by foreign powers triggered the violently anti-foreign “Boxers“, the foreign powers invaded China, Cixi declared war on them, leading to defeat and the flight of the Imperial Court to Xi’an.

After agreeing to sign the Boxer Protocol, the government initiated unprecedented fiscal and administrative reforms, including elections, a new legal code, and abolition of the examination system. Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionaries competed with constitutional monarchists such as Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao to transform the Qing Empire into a modern nation. After the deaths of Cixi and the Guangxu Emperor in 1908, the hardline Manchu court alienated reformers and local elites alike by obstructing social reform. The Wuchang Uprising on 11 October 1911, led to the Xinhai Revolution. General Yuan Shikai negotiated the abdication of Puyi, the last emperor, on 12 February 1912.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qing_dynasty


Rare Pair of Qing Dynasty Lidded Ginger Jars.

Provenance: From a High-end Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: These have some minor condition issues with a few chips to the lids and finial. A few chips and historic repairs to the vase rims….BUT … because of their age and rarity, this damage does not significantly affect their value and beauty.

Dimensions: One (on the left) is 17.5″Tall and 10″ Wide at the widest center point. The other (on the right) is 16.25″ Tall and 10″ Wide at the widest center point.

PRICE: $4,000.00 (Pair)


Rare Pair of Qing Dynasty Lidded Ginger Jars