Regardless of whether you came across ginger jar lamps in one of the books by Dean Koontz, or you have seen them in Chinese movies, or in a museum somewhere, you have fallen in love with Chinese ginger jar table lamps. Now you must have one. Or two. Or more than two. Step back and you see ginger jar lamps turning into an obsession. It is like owning a precious vase except that this lamp can produce light, a lot of light, up to 150 Watts worth of light. That is a lot for a modest table lamp.
There are two types of ginger jar lamps: Modern, and Traditional. The modern jar decorative lamps can normally be described as simple in design yet bold in coloring. They will go with a contemporary style room decor, such as pastel or bright colored walls, and will even complement stainless steel furniture. You will be able to choose between off-white color, yellow, orange, or blood red. The inscriptions on contemporary ginger jar lamps are few and when they are present, they will often be subdued by being printed in a slight off-color from the main color, and will only be clearly seen upon a close inspection. Modern ginger jar lamps are usually made of ceramic or denser porcelain and are usually glazed.
While most traditional ginger jar lamps will be white, this should be understood in a general way. It is not that they are simply white, but rather they will be in a variety of white to off-white color backgrounds, and the inscriptions or the images painted on them will likely be single color, usually blue or black. So the white will simply dominate, thus the designation. Apart from the color, the paintings on the jar can be quite busy and complicated, ranging from multiple columns of Chinese script, to several landscape paintings just on a single side. And they could be alternating on the four sides of the lamp.