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 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

A greyish celadon glazed twin fish bowl, Song Dynasty, 14 cm diameter

A Longxuan celadon stoneware barbed circular dish, 15th century, 25 cm diameter

A large celadon glazed deep circular bowl, carved with stylised flowers, 20 cm diameter and one other glazed bowl, 15 cm diameter

Chinese Longquan celadon tea bowl, Yuan/Ming dynasty, with impressed flower head to the centre. Diameter 7.5 cm

Chinese Longquan celadon tripod censer, probably Ming dynasty. Diameter 20 cm

Chinese Yue celadon bowl, Five Dynasties. Diameter 18 cm

Small Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Yuan/Ming dynasty, with two fish carved in relief to the centre. Diameter 13 cm. Provenance: Graeme and Jacquie Storm Collection

Small Chinese Longquan celadon dish, Song dynasty, with two fish carved in relief to the centre. Diameter 11 cm. Provenance: Graeme and Jacquie Storm Collection

A large Chinese porcelain celadon glaze shallow bowl with shaped edge and underglaze, incised decoration of a dragon with floral border. Diameter 51 cm

A Chinese armorial porcelain plate with finely painted coat of arms and floral border on a pale celadon ground. Diameter 23 cm

A pair of Cantonese plates and a dish, the pair of plates with floral segmented reserves decorated in the Cantonese manner and a 19th century rectangular dish with birds, insects with auspicious flora in bright enamels upon a deep celadon ground, diameter

Pair Chinese celadon boy and girl figures, with blue glazed decoration. Height 12 cm

Chinese Yaozhou celadon bowl. Birds and blossom decoration. Diameter 18 cm

A Chinese celadon-glaze tripod censer, Qianlong six-character blue-and-white mark, Republic period, the compressed globular body with two looped handles, the base with an unglazed ring, the reign mark to the central recess against a celadon ground, 8.5 cm

A pair of Chinese moulded yaozhou celadon bowls, 12th century, Northern Song to Jin Dynasty, the slightly rounded flaring sides rising to a lipped rim, decorated on the interior with a crisply moulded design of six scrolling blooms, joined by a slender mea

A Chinese longquan celadon-glaze plate, Yuan or Ming dynasty, moulded with a peony in low relief to the centre, covered overall with a sea-green glaze except for a circle within the foot rim exposing the burnt orange during the firing process, 25 cm diam.

A Chinese Longxuan celadon washer, Southern Song, 1127-1289. Covered with a good crackled green glaze. 13.1 cm diameter. Provenance: Vince Massa Collection. R & V Tregaskis, 4/6/1994

A Chinese Longxuan celadon glazed dish, Yuan/Ming Dynasty 14th /15th century. With moulded and incised decoration. 34 cm diameter, wood stand. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne