Guangzhou Medicine Company Jar

c. 1900
$388 USD
Make an Offer
H: 12.25" Dia: 10.0"
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

Chinese medicine businesses were among the most successful enterprises operating in the vibrant metropolis of Guangzhou around the turn of the 20th century. Assimilating Western-style media and business models, these companies were largely responsible for spreading consumer culture throughout Southeast Asia. This lidded container was likely used to transport medicinal herbs and spices to customers. Its practical, barrel-like shape and flat lid made it suitable for stacking and shipping, embossed with the company name and a rectangular frame to accommodate a written label. Despite its utilitarian function, the jar exhibits a beautifully nuanced blue-green glaze that would look stunning in any home.

Questions? Ask us

What They're Saying

Portrait degiulio
Mick de Giulio | de Giulio kitchen design

“I love working with PAGODA RED. When I’m looking for something distinctive for one of my clients, I can be sure I’ll find it there. Betsy has an incredible eye for the beautiful and unique and she continues to offer one of the best collections of Chinese furniture and decorative art.”

Receive our weekly email on design &
creating memorable spaces