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 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

A large celadon dish, Yuan/Ming Dynasty, 14-15th century, the centre with a moulded floral design, the cavetto incised with scrolling leaves below a diaper border, an unglazed ring burnt orange on the base, 31.3 cm diameter. Provenance: Donald Friend colle

A crackle-glaze Ge-style celadon washer, Song Dynasty, 960-1279, covered with a dark bluish-green glaze with a double-crackle, 4 cm high, 13.5 cm diameter

A Chinese celadon warming bowl, late Ming Dynasty, 17th century, covered in a crackled green glaze, with a hole inside the centre of the unglazed base, 8.7 cm high, 18.6 cm diameter. Provenance: Josef Neumann (by repute)

Two Chinese Longquan celadon lotus-form bowls, Yuan Dynasty, 1280-1368, one with a good bluish green glaze, the other with an impressed mark to the centre, 16 cm and 16.5 cm diameter

A Yaozhou celadon lobed bowl, Jin Dynasty, 1115-1234, moulded with a duck amongst waves, under an olive-green glaze, 17 cm diameter, attached label 'P.B.F. & M.S.F.JR.' 00178 & a Christies label, lot 40. See Rose Kerr 'Song Ceramics'

A Yaozhou celadon lobed bowl, Song Dynasty, 12th century, finely potted and covered with a vibrant olive green glaze, the sides divided by six vertical ribs, 7.5 x 20.3 cm. Provenance: R & V Tregaskis

Three Chinese celadon jars, and a Qingbai covered jarlet, Yuan Dynasty, 1280-1368, comprising an olive green jar and cover, a globular jar moulded with lotus above waves, two shoulder lugs and another small jarlet, 7.5 cm, 8.2 cm, 6.8 cm high and 6.2 cm hi

A Chinese porcelain Buddha head and a censer, the simplified Buddha head with downcast eyes, pendulous earlobes and nodule style hair, with a carved rosewood stand; and a compressed and incised tripod pot with a waisted rim, and leaf and floral designs to

A group of seven various Chinese porcelain items. A red glazed tripod bowl with zoomorphic handles, a celadon tripod pot, an oval near white brush pot with an applied dragon embellishment, a small yellow butterfly bowl bearing Guangxu marks, a Jizhou style

A Chinese pale celadon carved charger, Guangxu mark to base, late 19th century 35 cm diameter

A small celadon dish, song Dynasty 960-1279, five small spur marks on the base, 12.7 cm diameter

A large Chinese celadon glazed dish decorated with peony, 30.5 cm diameter

Four celadon glazed tea bowls, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century, 8 cm to 9.6 cm diameter

Two Southern Chinese celadon bowls, encrusted with coral, Tang and Yuan Dynasty, 10th and 14th century, 20.7 cm and 17 cm diameter

Two Longquan celadon bowls, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century one incised on the inside and with a pale blue glaze, 18.5 and 17.2 cm diameter

Three Longquan celadon bowls, with incised designs, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century, 14.8 cm, 14.4 and 12.4 cm diameter

A good Longquan celadon dish, Southern song 1127-1289, 16.5 cm diameter

A Chinese celadon glazed dish, probably Yuan Dynasty, 13th/14th century, 18.8 cm diameter, Museum label attached

A Longquan celadon bowl, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century, with incised decoration, 8.5 cm high, 20 cm diameter

A small Yaozhou-type celadon bowl, song Dynasty 960-1279, the interior with five raised vertical lines around the sides, pale green glaze. 11 cm diameter

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