The ground is a lovely teal and there are artistic decorations all over over the jars, lids and even the bottoms. There are three foo lions or dogs in green and yellow on the jar surrounded by chrysanthemums, buds, leaves and curling vines in red, white and green. The inside of the lid and the jar are blue enamel. The base metal is copper with a beautiful warm patina.
There are metal finials on the lids. The jars are not signed as is common with older cloisonne. I believe they are late Qing or early Republic period. The design, workmanship and colors in the cloisonne are wonderful.The ginger jars are a great size to display with your collections or in your home decor. Foo dogs (shi, foo lions) first appeared in Chinese culture around 206 BC. They serve as guardians and protectors. Scenes with foo lions are much revered & important in Chinese culture and the arts. The two ginger jars are in excellent vintage condition with expected normal use. There are no chips, cracks, repairs or damage. There could be surface scratches.
The insides of the ginger jars and lids are unstained. The lids fit nicely on the jars. The finials are secure on the lids.
There are common characteristics of old cloisonné present such are minor pitting. The stands each have intricate open work carving that extends out around the bottom. Each stand is incised on the bottom with "CHINA" and "3 3/4". I would date the stands to 1880 - 1920 so they are antique. The stain is a brownish color.Overall, the stands are in very good antique condition. There are surface scratches and other signs of normal use.
There is some stain loss especially around the open work on one stand. The stain on one stand has faded more than the other stand possibly from sunlight.
I find the stands give a very nice aged look to the cloisonne jars. There are no chips, cracks, missing parts, repairs or other damage. Approximate Specifications for Each Ginger Jar. Weight with lid: 896.1 grams.
Width across at the widest point: 5 1/2. Height with lid: 7 3/4. Approximate Specifications for Each Stand. Diameter of display area: 3 5/8.Marked: CHINA and 3 3/4. This beautiful matching pair of antique or vintage Chinese cloisonne foo dog jars are a great find for the collector and anyone who loves Chinese art. The antique stands are a lovely way to display the old ginger jars. Matching ginger jars and stands in such lovely condition are quite difficult to find, so don't let these get away! Please note: We make every effort to accurately describe all items offered for sale. We encourage you to use your own judgment and expert advice for dating and valuing items.
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I do not charge for packing materials. Please examine the photos to assess the condition of the vase for yourself. Other items shown in the photos are for display purposes only.The item "Pair Very Fine Old Chinese Cloisonne Ginger Jars & Lids Foo Lions Dogs Stands" is in sale since Sunday, April 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "wilderness03" and is located in Deerfield, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.