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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Chinese celadon Chrysanthemum bowl possibly Sung Dynasty the deep rounded bowl is decorated with fluted petals radiating from the narrow, with a swastika sun in a central medallion, covered with a green celadon glaze. Height 9 cm diameter 15 cm

Large Sawankhalok celadon dish 14th/16th century grey-green celadon glaze, the centre decorated with a large flower, the unglazed base burnt red in the firing. Diameter 27 cm

A 'Longquan' celadon bowl Song dynasty the shallow flared sides springing from a wedge shaped footrim, covered inside and out with a blue-green glaze 13 cm diameter

Two 'Longquan' celadon bowls Song/Yuan dynasty comprising one with shallow sides carved with upright petals below the sea-green glaze; and another with steeply rounded sides springing from a short foot, covered with a sea-green glaze (2), 11cm; and

A 'Longquan' celadon 'lotus' dish Ming dynasty the interior carved with a lotus medallion within radiating petals around the cavettto below the everted lipped rim, covered with a sea-green glaze 35 cm diameter

A 'Longquan' celadon dish late Ming dynasty the shallow rounded sides carved with radiating petals extending to the barbed everted rim around a central impressed floral medallion 29 cm diameter

A 'Longquan' celadon garden seat Ming dynasty of barrel form, the sides decorated with an openwork frieze of Buddhist lions among flowering stems and cloud scrolls, between bands of key fret and further flowering sprays, the slightly domed top carved with

A Chinese celadon-glaze dish with famille-rose 'flower' decoration, 19th century, 15.8 cm diam. Provenance: NSW Private Collection, purchased from Bonhams and goodman, 17 November 2003 (invoice and label),

A moulded Chinese Longquan 'aster' celadon-glaze charger, Yuan/ Ming dynasty, 34.5 cm diam. Provenance: East and West Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria Private Collection

A Chinese celadon glaze shallow bowl, song Dynasty (960 - 1279), this conical shaped light celadon glaze bowl has finely incised floral decoration to center, affixed to base is a Bluett & Son sticker, the most prestigious and respected of London dealers, a

A fine Yaozhou celadon 'peony' carved bowl, Northern song Dynasty. A fine Yaozhou celadon ' peony' carved bowl, Northern song Dynasty, conical form crackle glaze bowl with finely incise floral motif conforming to the style of the time. Yaozhou is typically

Two Chinese celadon shallow bowls, c.19th/ 20th century, with underglaze blue, outer body and upper rim decorated with floral and butterfly motif, central medallion of a crane in flight, four character marks to base; small frits to rim on both. Diameter 21

A small celadon saucer dish, Song Dynasty (960-1279). 14 cm Diameter

A Chinese celadon bowl, Yuan Dynasty (circa 13-14th century). 14 cm Diameter

A Yueyao celadon jar, Jin Dynasty (265-420), with four lug handles, the olive green glaze stopped unevenly above the slightly convex base. 29 cm high. Provenance: Collections of Thomas D. Williams of Indianapolis, USA.D. Williams

A small pale celadon ruyi formed cup, late Qing Dynasty, fitted wood base and fitted box. 2.6 cm high, 6.1 cm diameter. Provenance: Artcurial Auction, France, 11/06/2012, lot 246

A square celadon dish, late Ming period, with carved decoration of animals and clouds, Longquan Kiln, 9 cm

A Shadow celadon jar, song Dynasty styled in a white glaze and decorated with floral carvings, Hutian kiln, 13 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late David Henwood

A celadon glazed porcelain plate, song Dynasty, with two unglazed fish to the inside and lotus decoration to the outer, Longquan kiln, diameter 20.5 cm. Provenance: The Estate of the late David Henwood

A rare Chinese celadon glazed ewer, early Ming period, the wine ewer decorated with phoenix in relief and has a dragon form mouth and handles, 27.4 cm high. Reference: Yokyo National Museum collection - Yuan Shu-Fu glazed ewer Provenance: A private collect

Two various Sawankhalok Jarlets. 1 brown glaze; 1 celadon. Both with dual handles. Height 11 cm; 13 cm

Chinese celadon glaze censer. Animal mask decoration. Tri footed. Height 14 cm. Diameter 15 cm

Chinese celadon glaze carved peony pot. Height 14 cm. Diameter 18 cm

Three Oriental celadon duck ornaments, stamped to base, height 20 cm tallest

Chinese celadon teapot, decorated with oriental bridge scene, mark to base. height30 cm approx

Four antique Chinese celadon plates, blue butterfly decoration, 18 cm diameter approx. Provenance: Tan Family, Malacca & Sydney

A 'Longquan' celadon bowl, Ming dynasty with steeply rounded sides supported on a short straight foot, the interior carved with a continuous lotus scroll around a central floral medallion, the exterior with upright petals below a key-fret border ar

A 'Longquan' celadon deep bowl Ming dynasty with steeply rounded sides and lipped rim supported on a short straight foot, the interior impressed with a central floral spray, covered overall with a sea-green glaze apart from an unglazed ring inside

Two 'Longquan' celadon wares Song dynasty comprising a vessel of compressed globular form rising to a broad neck and flared mouth, applied overall with a finely crackled olive-green glaze with a satin texture; and a 'twin-fish' dish the int

A 'Longquan' celadon fluted bowl Song dynasty the rounded sides carved with petals radiating from the small straight foot, covered overall with a sea-green glaze 8.7 cm diameter

Three celadon-glazed wares Song/Yuan dynasty comprising a shallow bowl with broad waisted mouth above the sides carved with petals; a baluster jar and cover, moulded with panels of florettes; and a 'twin-fish' dish, each covered with a glaze of oli

Chinese celadon glazed mallet jar, 20th century, 22.8 cm high

A matched pair of pate-sur-pate moderator lamp bases, late 19th century. One decorated with a classical woman, the reverse with a mask and scrolls. The other with floral subjects, each on a pale celadon ground the mounts cast with leaves and scrolls, the b

A group of five small Chinese Mudmen or Niren figures, probably Republic era, early 20th century, well potted, the seated figures typically unglazed to the face and feet with thickly glazed clothing in subdued celadon, blue and ecru colours on treacle glaz

A group of three large Chinese Mudmen or Niren figures, probably Republic era, early 20th century, well potted, the seated figures typically unglazed to the face and feet with thickly glazed clothing in subdued celadon, blue and ecru colours on treacle gla

Large celadon charger, Ming period (1368-1644), green glaze on clay, unmarked, probably from Longquan region in Zhejiang province, thick sediment encrustation on the bottom diameter 32.5 cm

Chinese Longquan celadon Molded bowl Qing dynasty (1644-1911), decorated with lotus and fish, (A/F) minor chip to rim, together with a 'Ge Yao' bowl (2) diameter 16.5 cm