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 Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze, with central two fish decoration and incised scroll designs to inner sides, lotus petal design to outer sides. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 35 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, with central dragon decoration, scalloped outer body. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 36 cm

A Chinese Longquan bowl, Ming Dynasty, dark celadon glaze with scalloped sides and smooth rim, central floral decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 35 cm

A Chinese dark celadon glaze pot, Han Dynasty, of simple form with three small feet to base. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 13 cm. Diameter 17 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze water jug, two small lug handle decorations, wide opening to top and curved tapering spout. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 20 cm

A Chinese Martaban jar, Ming Dynasty, dark celadon splash glaze with incised wave designs, six lug handles to shoulder. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 27 cm. Diameter 17 cm (at top)

A Chinese Martaban jar, Ming Dynasty, celadon glaze with incised lotus and line designs, six lug handles to shoulder. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 27 cm. Diameter 20 cm (at top)

A good Longquan foliate rim dish, Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 14th- 15 th century, with a moulded floral medallion in the centre, surrounded by an incised floral band, the exterior with vertical ribs, foot rim glazed, base fired brick red 26.7 cm diameter 300

A fine drum shaped Longquan tripod censor, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century, covered in a good pale green celadon glaze, 16 cm diameter, 5.6 cm high

Two small Longquan celadon cups, Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century, a heavily crazed bubble bowl, both rims unglazed, together with a flower shaped foliate rimmed cup., Similar ice-crackle bubble bowl please see Sotheby's London, 11/12/1990, lot 235, si

A rare large Longquan celadon dish, Yuan Dynasty, early to mid 14th century, with a moulded design of a large peony spray in the centre, a continuous wave-band around the cavetto and ten raised florets on the rim, an unglazed firing ring on the base, 35.7

Paperweight. Celadon glaze with sterling silver base

Large Chinese celadon dish, Ming/Qing Dynasty, incised decoration of a fish in a pond, kiln grit to base and two hairline cracks. Diameter 34 cm

Two early celadon bowls. Couple small rim chips to the larger. Height 7.5 cm (each)

A celadon-glazed tripod censer with slightly flared sides rising from three short cabriole legs to the flat incurved rim, moulded on the exterior with a continuous floral scroll, between a series of concentric rings encircling the base and the mouth, cover

A Chinese stoneware celadon glazed dish, song Dynasty, 960-1279, without decoration the rounded sides gently slopping, unglazed circle in the well of the dish revealing the white-grey body. Provenance: Private Collection of a gentleman. Diameter 10 cm

A Chinese porcelain celadon glazed censer, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th century, the compressed globular body with a flat rim supported on three legs with a luminous blue-green glaze pooling above the splayed feet. Provenance: Private Collection of a gentleman.

A Chinese celadon glazed bowl, song Dynasty or later with incised lotus petals around the bowl, a hairline crack with gold rim repair. Height 7 cm. Diameter 16 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze pottery bowl, Qing Dynasty. Provenance: Private Collection of an Australian Diplomat. Height 6.5 cm, Diameter 17 cm

Three Chinese celadon glaze saucer ishes, with blue underglaze butterfly decoration, symbol to base Provenance tan Soo hock and thence by descent. Diameter 11 cm, 11 cm, 15 cm

A celadon bowl, yellow. Signed at base. Diameter 10.5 cm

Two Chinese incised celadon bowls, Song-Yuan dynasties, 10th-13th century. 12.5 cm and 16.5 cm diameter

Two celadon bowls with inverted rims and incised decoration, circa 14th century. 18 cm diameter

Two large molded celadon bowls, circa 14th century. 21.5 cm and 20.5 cm diameter

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