One word, chinoiserie, the design equivalent of bliss. One element often seen in chinoiserie designs is the ginger jar. Quick history: these bulbous, usually short, small mouthed jars are named as such because they were originally made to hold spices (ginger to be exact) in Asia. In the 19th century, they became popular for their aesthetic in Europe and export of the items began. Here's some pics that really showcase their beauty. (Click through for image source.)
My great grandmother loved blue and white porcelain pieces, and I was lucky enough to inherit a few, which I really treasure. I've also started picking some up when I'm out and about. I recently visited The Depot at Gibson Mill with a friend and found this beauty!
The colors are beautiful and fit perfectly with my bright kitchen accents. It can be hard to find a vintage ginger jar with its lid and this one was all in one piece! Marked at $38, I knew I had to have it.
The marking on the bottom is a Chinese/Japanese(?) symbol so I'm not sure of its background but I love its beautiful, hand-painted exterior! Yellow jars were designated as gifts for the emperor according to Chapinhouse.com. (To learn more about the meaning behind various colored jars, visit the link.)
What design style makes your heart race? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Happy weekend!