Chinoiserie - The Blue and White Collection
Traditional and wildly popular since the 1700's, Chinoiserie, or the replicated appearance of Chinese porcelain blue and white ceramics, like the famous Delftse-Blauw pottery (Dutch handpainted pottery), have made a long-time statement in households across the globe, though its roots go much father back than that in the Chinese art forms.
The first recorded artifact of Chinese blue and white porcelain dates to the 13-1400's, however it is believed that Iraq pre-9th Century A.D. crafted the color combination, and made Chinese versions possible through the export of the striking blue cobalt from Persia, combined with the bright white quality of existing Chinese porcelain. Needless to say, it was an immediate interior decor hit.
Historically, Chinoiserie Ginger Jars were used for food storage, but introduction to the high society of Europe in the 16-1700's brought it a more decorative purpose, as today where they sit proudly on mantles, shelves and displays.
Today, Ginger Jars compliment any decor style, from modern to contemporary and traditional. It wouldn't be out of place in a coastal or modern bohemian adobe, either.