Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Collections


Antique Green Glazed Export Ginger Jars


These beautiful aqua/green glazed ceramic jars with their decorative relief designs were the equivalent of our mason jars.


Pickled fruit or vegetables, like ginger root, would be packed inside, covered with a lid and sealed with wax and then tied with strips of rattan.


I remember the day I found my first one.


It was the color that first attracted me because it was that same gorgeous shade of green on the bamboo of our Chinoiserie Fireplace.


I don't know about you but I am a very tactile person and the way something feels in your hand is part of its charm.


For me it is the combination of the patina, the weight, the texture, the wear and tear, i.e. chips, cracks, crazing, and discoloration that endears it to me.


This one with the red bottom is my most recent acquisition found at an estate sale a few weeks ago.


They say that 3 makes a collection... 


It seems I've got myself a nice little collection now but somehow I don't think I would be able to resist adding to it if I came upon another, yet I should.


We need to know when to stop collecting something and just be satisfied.


When enough is enough.


I think collections can be too big and lose their impact.


What do you think?


I'm curious, have you seen these little jars before?


I find them perfect for holding blossoms and paintbrushes.


What do you collect?


How do you decide when to stop adding to it?


I think it is a good thing to ponder...


For people like us...


 seeking beauty


 feeds our souls.



12 comments:

Karen Albert said...

Terri I have not seen these little pots before and they are wonderful! You always teach me something new! Do you thing the red paint at the bottom of the one is original or added later?

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Anonymous said...

I have one without a lid and I think
it belonged to an Aunt. I love
using mine for short stemmed camelia
blossoms.

I have not seen any in shops here in
Australia. Never seen a picture of one with a lid before. Love your collection.

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French Basketeer.com said...

I spied these in your Peony post....wow they look great with the paint brushes and the flowers....I don't have any of them but I have lots of other Chinese pottery and NIII Chinoiserie trays. And I must say, looks like you are getting the barrage of spam that I'm getting~

French Basketeer.com said...

I spied these in your Peony post....wow they look great with the paint brushes and the flowers....I don't have any of them but I have lots of other Chinese pottery and NIII Chinoiserie trays. And I must say, looks like you are getting the barrage of spam that I'm getting~

Leslie said...

Terri, These are so pretty and I have not ever seen them before. Your collection is just beautiful. They do look like a mason jar! You can do so much with them and the colors are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! xxleslie

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Therese Long said...

Hi Andrea,

Yes regarding the barrage of spam comments... it is quite distressing. I really should put comment moderation on but it always deters me from leaving comments as I can never make out the letters and numbers it asks for and then all my efforts are for not and the blogger never sees my comment. So frustrating!!!