This is a very pretty ginger jar, made in China and hand decorated in the latter part of the 20th century in Hong Kong. The white porcelain is painted a pale beige and the decorations, which include butterflies and flowering branches, are painted in dark brown, light brown and navy blue with touches of gilding.
Porcelain ginger jars were originally used to store rare spices in China, so the lid, which fits well on this example, was important. They grew to be called ginger jars because they often were packed with ginger when they were exported. The mark on the bottom of this jar is stamped in red and reads: YT in a triangle, DECORATED IN HONG KONG. It stands 4 inches tall, is 4 inches wide at the belly and has a base that is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It's in superb condition and perfect for that touch of chinoiserie in any room.