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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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

Oriental Ceramics: A group of 5 reference books published by Faber & faber; all with dust jackets; comprising 'Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain' by Gray [1st ed., 1953]; 'Chinese Celadon Wares' by Gompertz [1st ed., 1958]; 'Celad

Quantity of vintage oriental ceramic items, including porcelain cups with saucers, a celadon plate, etc

Celadon pottery bowl, incised porcelain measures 20 cm tall

Pair Chinese Qingbai style celadon bowls incised with He He twins, 20.8 cm diameter

Three various Eastern celadon bowls. All as inspected. Diameter 20 cm. (average)

Chinese celadon Doucai fo dog decorated brush pot, 15 cm high

Small Chinese enamelled famille rose celadon plate, 17 cm diameter, mark to base

Chinese celadon brush pot with enamelled famille rose decoration, 11 cm high

A Ming style celadon-glazed ewer, the pear-shaped body supported on a short straight foot, rising to a slender waisted neck with broad everted mouth, set on one side with a slender upright spout joined to the side with a shaped strut opposite the bold stra

A Chinese celadon dish, song Dynasty, 960-1279 of low bowl form with a flattened rim, a rounded lip and raised on a small circular foot, with a satin glaze in turquoise infused celadon. Height 4 cm. Diameter 13 cm

A Chinese celadon fish dish, song Dynasty, 960-1279, the low form dish with a flattened rim and raised on a small circular foot, having a gently lobed exterior and a raised motif of two goldfish centrally, in a yellow ochre infused celadon satin glaze. Hei

Small antique Chinese celadon bowl, with pale blue glaze, (2.5 by 9 cm), together with a Chinese blue & white bird feeder, 4 cm tall

A 19th century Chinese Canton famille rose dish, decorated with butterflies and flowers on a celadon ground. Dia. 27 cm

Antique Chinese celadon dish raised fish decoration to interior, as inspected, 13 cm diameter approx.

A Chinese yaozhou celadon-glazed incised plate, Northern Song Dynasty the interior carved and combed with peony patterns within a thin circular band, the underside incised freely with circular strokes, the base coated with celadon glaze within a double-cut

A small Chinese celadon ru -type hexagonal crackle-glaze washer, Qianlong six-character underglaze blue seal mark, late Qing dynasty 9.6 cm diameter, 3 cm high. Provenance: Private collection Victoria