Praising the ginger jar

Ginger jars, filled with flowers add a touch of luxury and lift the senses. The classic Chinese ginger jar, in vibrant and fresh pastel shades, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Their varied sizes also means they are useful to store tea, herbs, spices and trinkets – the ginger they were originally intended for has slowed and nowadays they are known for their decorative effect.

Grouping a few in one colour family together is just one way to create a lovely look on an entrance table or to quickly brighten up a forgotten corner. We love floating a single flower in the lids. Here we have gone for the pretty feel and embraced our favourite flowers –  peonies, pompom chrysanthemums, ranunculus and tulips – but you can try anything that is in season, speedwell, hydrangea, lavender or cosmos to name a few. The best place for flowers in Hong Kong is of course the flower market.  


DSC_1058DSC_1026DSC_1030DSC_1028DSC_1033And when searching for antique ginger jars make sure you check for any breaks and cracks. Tung Shan Porcelain Co, Shop 2, G/F, Ying Pont Building, 69- 71 Peel Street, Central, +852 2857 3665, is just one of many places to find new and old ginger jars in Hong Kong. If you need some help sourcing one, just send an email to and we would be happy to help.


3 Responses to Praising the ginger jar
  1. Sue Marston Reply

    Love the ideas you have done, they look amazing. Well done ladies.

    • Ingrid Keneally Reply

      Thankyou Sue xxx

  2. Lyn Reply

    Hi girls – love this blog and your fabulous HK insight,thank you

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