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.
A Chinese long neck vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), finely painted with three pomegranates in underglaze blue and copper red on a compressed body, covered with an even celadon glaze, 14.5 cm high. Provenance: Old Melbourne private collection
A fine Chinese export ware famille rose ginger jar, Qing Dynasty, 19th century. the jar with a flush lid and ball knop, well decorated in enamel colours to the body with auspicious Buddhist objects, furniture and vases of symbolic flowers and fruits upon a
A Chinese celadon vase and a brush pot. The compressed bottle vase with applied chilong handles, with scrolling vegetal motifs in low relief under a pleasing soft green glaze; and a straight sided crackleware brush pot in pale grey with a satin finish; the
A fine Longquan celadon vase, Southern Song(1127-1279), with lipped rim, covered in a good bluish-green glaze., Compare a similar Longquan vase kept in Victoria and Albert Museum, museum number: c.102-1967. Also see Christie's New York, 20/3/2015, lot 831
A 'Longquan' celadon vase, Yuhuchunping, late Ming dynasty the pear-shaped body springing from a straight foot encircled with a key-fret border, the sides carved with a continuous lotus scroll below a frieze of clouds and stiff leaves on the slender waiste
A Chinese celadon glazed vase with a ribbed neck, style of Southern song/Yuan Dynasty, and flaring mouth, the unctuous glaze with moulded decoration of scrolling vine decoration around the body. Height 24 cm
A Chinese Longquan celadon arrow vase, Yuan Dynasty, 13/14th century, the pear shaped body rising to a tall, slender neck with tubular handles, covered with an unctuous even green glaze except for the foot rim burnt reddish brown in the firing. Provenance:
A large Chinese porcelain Republic period reticulated walled vase, of spherical shape with tall tapering cylindrical neck, the neck decorated in bright enamels with lotus flowers and foliate tendrils on a pink ground, a turquoise lappet border decorates th
A celadon-ground and underglaze blue vase Qing dynasty, 19th century the ovoid body decorated in white relief and painted in cobalt blue with a dignitary and two attendants beneath a maple tree, the waisted neck set with two phoenix handles picked out in u
A celadon and famille rose vase a Chinese hand painted vase with birds perched in tree at spring time with pink flowers, possibly Yongzheng, six character mark painted in under glaze blue within a double circle base mark, 20 cm tall.
A celadon-glazed vase Qing dynasty, late 19th century of ovoid form surmounted by a tall waisted neck with flared rim, the sides carved with a frieze of archaistic dragon scrolls between bands of lozenge diaper and upright stiff leaves around the neck, all
Carved celadon glazed bottle vase the body and neck of the vase beautifully carved with two dragons disporting among bats and clouds under a smooth celadon ground of blue tone stopping neatly above the foot, Qianlong incised six character seal marks. Heigh
Longquan celadon baluster vase with rare grape leaf design possibly Southern song Dynasty, 12th century, the vase of baluster form with tall flaring neck covered overall in a clear light green glaze pooling deeper in the recesses. Height 23 cm
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