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 porcelain tripod incense burner, in the Sung manner, the cauldron shaped pot upon zoomorphic legs and having square brackets to the lip rim for a handle and with a near white crackled celadon glaze falling shy of the base. Height 9 cm

A modern celadon studio-pottery bowl, late 20th century 27 cm diam. Provenance: NSW Private Collection, acquired from David Jones

A Chinese celadon-glaze jar, Qianlong six-character underglaze-blue mark 23 cm high

A Chinese celadon glaze deep bowl, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze with blue underglaze floral decoration to inner centre and outer sides, geometric decoration along rim edge. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 11 cm. Diameter 26

A Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze with blue underglaze floral decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 31.5 cm

A Chinese crackle glaze ceramic bowl, Ming Dynasty or earlier, light celadon glaze with dark iron glaze rim, smooth conical shape body with straight high rim. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 9 cm. Diameter 18.5 cm

A Chinese celadon crackle glaze storage jar, with four lug handles to shoulder, incised decorative panel with geometric designs. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 20.5 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze ewer, Ming Dynasty or earlier, with two small lug handle decoration to shoulder, and curved tapering spout. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 21.5 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze dish and deep bowl. Philippines Museum sticker affixed to base. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Dish: diameter 23.5 cm, bowl height 11.5 cm. Diameter 15 cm (at top)

A Chinese celadon glaze shallow bowl, crackle glaze, with central medallion decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita, 25 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze deep bowl, Ming Dynasty or earlier, with scalloped rim and outer edge, inner sides with a smooth band of incised scroll work decoration, the glaze shows slight orange tinge from firing. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiq

A Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze, with central two fish decoration and incised scroll designs to inner sides, lotus petal design to outer sides. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 35 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, with central dragon decoration, scalloped outer body. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 36 cm

A Chinese Longquan bowl, Ming Dynasty, dark celadon glaze with scalloped sides and smooth rim, central floral decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 35 cm

A Chinese dark celadon glaze pot, Han Dynasty, of simple form with three small feet to base. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 13 cm. Diameter 17 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze water jug, two small lug handle decorations, wide opening to top and curved tapering spout. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 20 cm

A Chinese Martaban jar, Ming Dynasty, dark celadon splash glaze with incised wave designs, six lug handles to shoulder. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 27 cm. Diameter 17 cm (at top)

A Chinese Martaban jar, Ming Dynasty, celadon glaze with incised lotus and line designs, six lug handles to shoulder. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 27 cm. Diameter 20 cm (at top)

A good Longquan foliate rim dish, Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 14th- 15 th century, with a moulded floral medallion in the centre, surrounded by an incised floral band, the exterior with vertical ribs, foot rim glazed, base fired brick red 26.7 cm diameter 300

A fine drum shaped Longquan tripod censor, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century, covered in a good pale green celadon glaze, 16 cm diameter, 5.6 cm high

Two small Longquan celadon cups, Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century, a heavily crazed bubble bowl, both rims unglazed, together with a flower shaped foliate rimmed cup., Similar ice-crackle bubble bowl please see Sotheby's London, 11/12/1990, lot 235, si

A rare large Longquan celadon dish, Yuan Dynasty, early to mid 14th century, with a moulded design of a large peony spray in the centre, a continuous wave-band around the cavetto and ten raised florets on the rim, an unglazed firing ring on the base, 35.7

Paperweight. Celadon glaze with sterling silver base

Large Chinese celadon dish, Ming/Qing Dynasty, incised decoration of a fish in a pond, kiln grit to base and two hairline cracks. Diameter 34 cm

Two early celadon bowls. Couple small rim chips to the larger. Height 7.5 cm (each)

A celadon-glazed tripod censer with slightly flared sides rising from three short cabriole legs to the flat incurved rim, moulded on the exterior with a continuous floral scroll, between a series of concentric rings encircling the base and the mouth, cover

A Chinese stoneware celadon glazed dish, song Dynasty, 960-1279, without decoration the rounded sides gently slopping, unglazed circle in the well of the dish revealing the white-grey body. Provenance: Private Collection of a gentleman. Diameter 10 cm

A Chinese porcelain celadon glazed censer, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th century, the compressed globular body with a flat rim supported on three legs with a luminous blue-green glaze pooling above the splayed feet. Provenance: Private Collection of a gentleman.

A Chinese celadon glazed bowl, song Dynasty or later with incised lotus petals around the bowl, a hairline crack with gold rim repair. Height 7 cm. Diameter 16 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze pottery bowl, Qing Dynasty. Provenance: Private Collection of an Australian Diplomat. Height 6.5 cm, Diameter 17 cm

Three Chinese celadon glaze saucer ishes, with blue underglaze butterfly decoration, symbol to base Provenance tan Soo hock and thence by descent. Diameter 11 cm, 11 cm, 15 cm

A celadon bowl, yellow. Signed at base. Diameter 10.5 cm

Two Chinese incised celadon bowls, Song-Yuan dynasties, 10th-13th century. 12.5 cm and 16.5 cm diameter

Two celadon bowls with inverted rims and incised decoration, circa 14th century. 18 cm diameter

Two large molded celadon bowls, circa 14th century. 21.5 cm and 20.5 cm diameter

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