Jars

BRUSH HOLDERS (Thick Wall)

Description:  These are sturdy 3/8" thick walled holders or jars. Quite useful, this form probably originally was made to hold paint brushes in China but, in the U. S. they were more likely to be used to hold tooth brushes, pencils, pens and maybe even flowers. Note that the largest jar does not have the rain cloud border. The smaller ones do but on one the clouds face down and on the other they face upwards. Such are the anomalies of Canton decoration. The three shown here have bottom rims and they have glazed bottoms.

BRUSH HOLDERS (Thin Wall)

Description: These thin (1/8"-3/16") walled Brush Holders also differ from their thick walled cousins in their narrowness and height of at least 7" to 10+" compared to 4" to 5" for the smaller holders. The form in China was probably used for tall paint brushes but, commonly used in the U. S. as flower vases.

They all have bottom rims and glazed bottoms. The two larger holders are slightly flared at the top. As one can see, the top rim decoration differs among the examples.

JARS-DRESSER

Description: First 4 pictures: this very rare, small, covered jar we believe was used to hold small objects and placed on a person's dressing table. The jar resembles a round canister but it is squatter than a similar sized canister. We consider this a "Mixed Pattern" form as there is a person on the bridge on the top and bottom. The rain cloud border is on the top only and the decoration is finer on the top compared to the bottom. Note that there are no sampans in the decorations.

JARS-GINGER

Description:  Ginger jars are common and although they are, of course, not in the typical Canton pattern there are many Canton collectors who have them in their collections. Grayish in color they are simply decorated. The  large jar that was converted into a lamp is much more refined. There are no rain cloud borders or bridges on either jars pictured here. As Jane Wilson says of water or rum bottles: "The decoration is often blurred and of the same quality as many late ginger jars." She said this on page 40 of her 1977 booklet. 

These ginger jar examples are quite attractive. The jars' side rims are unglazed, and the top's inside rim is also unglazed. There are bottom rims and the bottoms are glazed.

We have included 3 pictures which show a very interesting, tiny, 3 7/8" high Ginger Jar which actually still holds its original Ginger contents! The jar is quite dark from age, is enclosed in its original wicker basket and has a cork in the top. The second picture shows the top on the left with a paper label and on the right is the jar with the cork. The third picture shows the bottoms of the top and jar. The label and an accompanying paper reads: "Specially Manufactured for United States of America by Cheloong, Canton, China". The only decoration on the jar are two encircling lines in faint blue.  

The last picture shows another tiny, 4 1/8" high Ginger Jar which is very nicely decorated. The soup can is 4" high.