I have a ginger jar that is 9 1/2 high by 8 1/2 wide. Can anyone help me identify the maker's mark?
It does appear to be Chinese. There's a website you can visit for pottery markings and the ones from China have four small symbols set in a single square as your ginger jar shows. They have a lot of various symbols and could not tell if any were your jar's markings. Just do a search for pottery markings and you can see them from various countries. This is the one I saw it from: www.bing.com/
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Sadly, in most of of the ones I have seen, the answer is that it is 20th or 21st century, sold at Pier One Imports or the like.
Still, it is nice to have it validated by an expert!
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Are these leaves tobacco leaves? Should I take the base to see if there is markings on the jar?
We would need to see any markings on the bottom or on the underside of the lid to give you a better idea of the value. It doesn't look like an antique ginger jar that would be worth a lot of money to me at first glance. It looks more modern to me, like home decor from an upscale store.
You say that you need to remove the base. It's hard to tell from the photo but it looks like it is a carved wooden base? If it is glued on, that is another clue that it is probably mass manufactured home decor as working jars would need to be removed periodically to be cleaned.