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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An unusual heavy stoneware celadon bowl, late Tang Dynasty, circa 9th century, supported on a flat foot, three spur marks in the centre. 13.8 cm diameter

A Chinese celadon glazed twin fish dish, Yuan/Ming dynasty, 20 cm diameter

A Chinese pale celadon censer, 15/16th century, 16 cm diameter, 9 cm high

A Chinese peony carved celadon glazed circular dish, Ming dynasty, 15th/16th century, 13 cm diameter

A celadon glazed twin fish dish, Yuan dynasty, 13/14th century, 22 cm diameter

A celadon glazed carved stoneware bowl, 13/14th century, 16.5 cm diameter

A Chinese celadon charger in the Ming manner, with a gently scalloped rim and an inscribed floral cavetto, with a prancing dragon horse to the centre rendered in low relief between concentric lines, raised upon a small circular unglazed foot. Height 6 cm.

A Chinese inkstone, 20th century, depicting a naturalistic aubergine and utilising the natural purple and celadon hues of the duan stone, the pale green mixing well having a fine silken finish descending to a small purple reservoir, decorated to the end wi

A Chinese glass Guanyin, early 20th century, in celadon coloured glass with gilt highlights, featuring a contemplative Guanyin with downcast eyes her arms folded in robes and standing upon frothing waves; with signature and seal to the reverse. Height 35 c

A 'Longquan' celadon 'twin fish' dish Song dynasty, with shallow rounded sides and broad everted rim, the interior with two fish in relief swimming in opposite directions, the exterior moulded with upright petals, all beneath the sea-green

Antique celadon bowl, with raised decoration, 22.4 cm diameter

Two lidded jars both with speckled celadon glaze (2). Height 11 cm. Provenance: Estate of Prof. Alan Walker

An antique Chinese celadon glaze bowl. Diameter 22.8 cm

A large and impressive. Ming-style celadon jar, decorated with carved four-clawed dragons to both sides and mythical beast handles on opposite sides. Ming Dynasty or later in very good condition. Height 40 cm

An Imperial quality Chinese celadon stem dish. Beautifully carved to the exterior with the eight precious emblems, to the base a six-character Qianlong mark and probably of the period. Repair to rim. Diameter 18 cm

A Chinese minyao dish, with underglaze blue floral sprays on a celadon ground, Chinese Government wax seal. Incised owner's mark. Ming Chenghua mark but 19th century. Diameter 22 cm

A very large Chinese dish. Foliate rim, incised floral designs, covered in a Ming style celadon glaze. Crazing and glaze lines in the cavetto and underneath. Diameter 42 cm

An early Ming-style Chinese dish, decorated with incised water plants under a celadon glaze. Iron orange underside. Diameter 24 cm

An extremely rare. Chinese celadon. Glazed ram's head bowl. Possibly as early as the. Northern Dynasties. Minor firing faults. Diameter 16.5 cm

A beautifully potted Ming Dynasty Chinese celadon glazed oil jar. of large size. Spiral ribbed decoration. Diameter 14 cm

A rare early Ming Dynasty celadon glazed bowl, with incised decoration to the cavetto. Small pre-firing frit to rim. Diameter 19 cm

A very fine and rare Chinese celadon glazed box, decorated in the cavetto with a deer and lingzhi. Some crazing and possible repair. Diameter 16 cm

An early Chinese glazed pottery shallow dish, probably Yueyao a pale celadon glaze over a white slip. Museum or collector's mark underneath. Chips to rim. Diameter 14.5 cm

A beautifully potted Chinese celadon water dropper in the shape of a kylin or mythical beast sitting on a fabulous, custom-made carved fruitwood stand. 18th century or earlier. Hairline crack to one back leg. Length 11 cm.

Chinese shipwreck celadon lug-handled jar, Ming dynasty. Height 17 cm

A Chinese pale celadon porcelain oil bowl the central column with applied dragon and plant decoration. Height 14.5 cm. Diameter 11.5 cm

South East Asian celadon bowl. Pale green glaze over incised interior design. Diameter 18 cm,. Height 8 cm

A carved celadon glazed circular lotus bowl, 13th/14th century, 18 cm diameter

A ribbed celadon circular bowl, 15th/16th century, a lavender blue grey jar 15 cm high and a dark blue glazed ewer 18cm high

A Chinese Yaozhou celadon bowl, Jin Dynasty, 12th /13th century, carved in the centre, the exterior with vertical lines, 7.7 cm high,18 cm diameter. Provenance: Private NSW Southern Highlands collection

Three Chinese celadon glazed dishes, one barbed dish 24 cm diameter and two small twin fish dishes, 13.5 cm diameter

A Chinese enameled celadon lily form bowl, 28 cm diameter and four matching small pedestal bowls, 27 cm diameter

A celadon glazed figure of seated Guanyin, 16 cm high, wood stand 20 cm high overall