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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Large Chinese celadon bowl with dragon design to the center, 30.5 cm diameter approx

Antique Chinese Celadon plate with blue decoration and four character mark to base, 26.5 cm diameter approx.

Antique 14th century celadon bowl, Sawankaloke ware from the Goh Noi kiln sites, with incised decoration, barbed rim, approx 29.5 cm diameter

Pair of Chinese underglaze blue and celadon ground ginger jars, converted to lamp bases. Height 19 cm

Len Castle, early prototype stoneware pourer, with pale celadon glaze impressed initials (repaired chip to the spout). Height 19 cm

Len Castle, unusual porcelain celadon dish, with incised fish decoration impressed initials Depth 21 cm

A Yaozhou celadon bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279), 12th century, carved and combed decoration, 5 cm high, 13 cm diameter. Provenance: Kenny Chong, Hong Kong, 1982

Two octagonal celadon bowls with slip decorated flower design on the exterior, late Koryo Dynasty, one with moulded flower in the centre,14th century, 11.4 cm and 11.7 cm diameter (2)

A group of three Longquan ware celadon washers, 13th-14th century, each one in the form of an open flower with ribbed sides, one with barbed rim, one with foliate rim, 11.6 cm-12.1 cm diameter (3). Provenance: two from Ms Dee Enage, Melina, 1970s; the othe

A small Longquan charger, decorated in the interior with moulded floral spray of a peony and foliage, the cavetto decorated with vertical ribbing, the interior and exterior covered in a pale celadon glaze except for the burned orange circular area on the e

A fine Longquan celadon jar, 13-14th century, decorated with moulded band of peony on the shoulder, a band of lotus petals on the lower half, covered in a good pale green glaze, together with two similar Longquan jars, 11 cm high, 10.5 cm high and 17.5 cm

Two Longquan celadon vessels, 12th-15th century, the first a bowl incised and moulded with lotus, 7.8 cm high, 17 cm diameter;, with compressed lotus jar, 7.5 cm high, 10 cm diameter at the mouth (2)

A large Longquan charger with impressed floral spray in the interior centre, surrounded by freely executed cloud like motifs on the cavetto surmounted by a band of four horizontal lines, covered in a pale olive green celadon glaze, except for the burned or

A group of five Longquan ware twin fish dishes, 13th -14th century, four covered with green celadon glaze, and one brown glaze, each 12.5 cm diameter approx

A medium sized Longquan barbed charger, with impressed decoration in the centre, and freely executed floral border in the cavetto, covered in a pale fine celadon glaze except for the burned orange biscuit of the base, early Ming dynasty, circa 14th-15th ce

A large Longquan charger decorated with two moulded carp in the interior base, and freely executed wave border of the cavetto, a plain wide rim, the exterior side decorated with lotus petals, glazed overall with olive green celadon, except for the foot rim

A medium sized Longquan saucer dish, decorated on the interior with two carp, glazed overall with pale celadon glaze except for the foot rim, Yuan Dynasty 4 cm high, 21 cm diameter. Provenance: Moongate, Singapore, late 1960's

A large Longquan celadon dragon dish, 13th-14th century, moulded in the centre with a large dragon, the cavetto with continuous floral scrolls, the exterior with a moulded lotus petal band, 35.4 cm diameter

A large Longquan barbed charger decorated on the interior base with a freely executed lotus flower, covered in a good pale olive celadon glaze, Yuan Dynasty 6 cm high, 30 cm diameter. Provenance: Moongate, Singapore, late 1960's

A Chinese celadon shallow bowl with two fish decoration to inner ceter, scalloped outer sides diameter 25.5 cm

A celadon Yaozhou covered box decorated with Mandarin ducks diameter 11 cm

Large Chinese celadon glazed porcelain figure of a seated Gyan Yin, seated on a lotus base with figures and lily pads below, approx 98 cm high

Large antique celadon bowl, thick glazed pooling to the centre of bowl, with onion skin incised decoration to the inner rim, circa 1,300's, possibly Longquan Kilns, approx 29 cm diameter

Antique 14th century celadon bowl, Sawankaloke Ware from the Goh Noi kiln sites, with incised decoration, barbed rim, approx 30 cm diameter

Antique 14th century celadon bowl, Sawankaloke Ware from the Goh Noi kiln sites, with incised decoration, barbed rim, approx 30 cm diameter

Two Chinese Qing celadon bowls together with a dish with blue & white decoration 10.2 cm diameter

Three Chinese Qing celadon bowls 8.3 cm diameter approx

Chinese celadon dragon bowl, approx 6 cm high, 12.5 cm dia

Chinese lidded Ding vessel possibly Han Dynasty (206BC – 220AD) green celadon glaze, the lid decorated with dragons, phoenix and various animals, the base with two upraised handles, raised on three feet. Height 17 cm

Sawankhalok celadon footed dish 14th/15th century green glazed celadon, decorated with geometric motifs and floral medallion at the centre. Height 12 cm

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 13 cm d

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