Learn about Celadon

Celadon is the colour of a glaze applied to stoneware and porcelain, that in turn, has given its name to the wares to which it has been applied. The technique can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC - 1046 BC) in Southern China. The technique spread other areas of China in the 3rd and 4th century, and later to South Korea, Northern Thailand and Japan. Celadon glazes can be produced in a variety of colors, including white, grey, blue and yellow, depending on the thickness of the applied glaze, the type of clay to which it is applied, and the exact makeup of the glaze. However, the most famous shades range in color from a very pale green to deep intense green, often meaning to mimic the green shades of jade. The color is produced by iron oxide in the glaze recipe or clay body. European potters found it very difficult to attain the sea green colour until the 19th century, following advances in knowledge of chemistry and several factories including Sevres, Copenhagen and Rockwood produced Western versions of the Chinese celadon.

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A Chinese pair of celadon plates. Each with an incised floral motif in relief underneath the celadon glaze, 16 cm diameter

A large Chinese antique celadon plate. The natural, creamy glaze covering the interior and exterior of the plate, (natural firing cracks), 37.5 cm diameter, with stand

A large Chinese celadon-glazed tripod censer and cover, with Buddhistic lion to lid. With an even crackle glaze, 40 cm high

Chinese antique celadon porcelain seal with dog to top and moulded panels of five clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl to sides seal mark to base 15.2 cm high

Antique Chinese celadon porcelain Buddhist seal the square seal with Yin and Yang symbol seal mark to base measures 5.9 cm

Chinese celadon charger. Dragon decoration. Seal marks to base. Diameter 42 cm

Chinese fine celadon bowl. Figured decoration. Diameter 19 cm

Chinese Lonquan celadon dish, with pale green glaze, Yuan or Ming dynasty, unglazed foot and base, warped rim. Collection late Robert James Whitelaw - collection formed c.1969-73 on diplomatic postings. Diameter 14.5 cm

Six Chinese Longquan celadon Jarlets. Yuan dynasty, 1 with moulded decoration. Reference J.M.Addis "Chinese porcelain Found in the Philippines" plate 24c. Collection late Robert James Whitelaw - collection formed c.1969-73 on diplomatic postings. H

Two Chinese Longquan celadon twin fish dishes, & similar fluted dish. 3 pces in total. Song or Yuan dynasty. Minor chip to each, one cracked. Reference J.M.Addis "Chinese porcelain Found in the Philippines," plate 23d. Collection late Robert Ja

Six early celadon small dishes, with carved foliate motifs. Collection late Robert James Whitelaw - collection formed c.1969-73 on diplomatic postings. Diameter 14 cm. (largest)

Chinese celadon bowl, approx 7 cm high, 13 cm dia

Qing celadon charger with inscribed lotus design and a custom box. Diameter 40.5 cm

Early Chinese pottery ewer, celadon glazed, approx. 20 cm high

Large antique Qing Dynasty circular bowl, with barbed rim, celadon ground with slightly raised blue & white decoration. Approx 39 cm dia.

Large antique celadon bowl, thick glazed pooling to the centre of bowl, with onion skin incised decoration to the inner rim, circa 1,300's, possibly Longquan Kilns, approx 29 cm dia

A Chinese celadon jar, late Ming/early Qing, 17th century, incised with stylised flowers under a translucent pale green crackled glaze kiln grit to the base. 21.5 cm high

Three Chinese tea bowls, One black tea bowl measuring 13.5 wide, together with two small celadon bowls

Chinese Ming Celadon bowl, with reign mark to base, 11 cm diameter approx.

Three 'Longquan' celadon bowls Song/Yuan dynasty comprising a 'twin-fish' dish, with two fish in relief beneath the sea-green glaze; a shallow bowl with steep sides rising to the petal moulded rim; and a bowl with flared sides incurved to the rim carved on

A celadon glaze pottery bowl with blue drip glaze rim 8 cm high, 11 cm diameter

A Chinese pale celadon carved charger, 19th century 36 cm diameter

Two small antique Chinese ceramic wares, a crackleware pot with underglaze blue design with outlines and loose colour fill below blue concentric lines, with a freely applied border to the collar, and a celadon tripod censer with a bulbous body and a broad

Antique Chinese celadon oval bowl, with handpainted floral decoration & scalloped, makers mark to base, 22 cm wide approx. Chips to rim. Provenance: Finey collection, Sydney

Longquan Crackled celadon Meiping, with areas of 'Frosting' through the glaze, height 21 cm. Provenance: John Williams Auctions, Sydney

Pair of antique celadon glazed Chinese bowls, approx 17.5 cm Dia (2)

Two 19th century Chinese porcelain plates, with celadon glaze

Chinese porcelain altar vessel (dou), early 20th century, with mottled celadon glaze, modelled and decorated in archaistic style, inscription to the lid, underglaze blue six-character Guangxu mark to the base. Height 19 cm

Large antique Chinese celadon bowl, Late Ming, 33 cm diameter. Chips to rim.

Hexagonal celadon glazed jardinier, with hand painted scene, 17.5 cm high, 30 cm wide approx

A Chinese hanging scroll, Republic era, in the style of Lingnan school painter Chen Shuren, on paper mounted on cream and celadon silk, and depicting in bold gouache colours a small bird on a branch of red plum blossom or japonica; with text and seal lower

A Chinese Duan Inkstone and wash, the celadon and purple duan stone in the form of an aubergine with a recessed well and naturalistically carved with tendrils and leaves and signed to the reverse with the maker's name and a motto. Height 2.5 cm. Length

A carved Chinese jadeite ornament, in vibrant emerald green modulating to olive and celadon with tan highlights, pierced and carved with chilongs and other fantastic creatures. Length 8 cm. Width 5 cm

A carved celadon-glaze 'scrolling foliage' yaozhou dish, Northern Song dynasty, the underside carved with a band of scrolling foliage between two borders, the base recess glazed in the centre, 20.5 cm diam.

A large Chinese celadon-glaze yaozhou tea bowl, Northern Song dynasty, 13.5diam.

A Chinese celadon plate with underglaze-blue painting, Four-character Chenghua mark to the base, 19th century, accompanied by a certificate issued by the Guangdong Province Antique Company, 17 cm diam. Provenance: Private collection NSW, Purchased on 10 De

A Chinese celadon-glaze pot with twin handles, 10 cm high. Provenance: Private collection NSW