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 glazed vase, with incised floral decoration to the body, height 20 cm

A Chinese baluster form vase with applied handles an Even celadon green glaze, a bulbous body & short neck & flared mouth, 22 cm

A Qing period Chinese celadon vase of baluster form with flared neck, fluted base, and moulded decoration, bears the BADA seal and hence imported to Australia prior to 1961, 25 cm high.

A pair of Republic period Chinese celadon vases each of baluster form with mask head loop handles incised with scrolling lotus flowers, approx 50 cm high.

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 pair of Chinese celadon glazed vases with under-glaze blue decoration, 19th century, painted with officials and boys, 58.5 cm and 57.4 cm high

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

Chinese pale green celadon glazed bottle vase, with applied peach and leaves to the sides, with splash decoration possible early Longquan kiln. 38 cm high

A Chinese pale celadon glazed squat vase, with 6 character Kangxi mark but later, 8 cm diameter, wooden stand

A pair of Chinese celadon crackle glaze vases. Height 31.5 cm

A Chinese pottery vase, Ming Dynasty or earlier, dark celadon and amber glaze with six small lug handles to shoulder. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 25 cm

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 Qing celadon dragon vase (19th century) baluster in form, underglazed dragon and flaming pearl design 26 cm (height)

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 Chinese celadon glaze moon shaped vase, with two handles to shoulder and neck, decorated with scroll work designs and a central medallion with two bats on either side. Height 25 cm

A Longquan celadon vase, Yuan dynasty the body moulded in relief with a lotus scroll, beneath a trumpet shaped ribbed neck 28.5 cm high

Fine Chinese celadon glazed crackle Hu vase, approx 36 cm high

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

Chinese blue celadon glazed arrow vase, bearing the marks of Qianlong, approx 28 cm high

Chinese celadon glazed garlic head vase bearing the marks of Song /Ming dynasty, approx 35 cm high

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 carved Chinese Longquan celadon-glaze vase, Yuan/ Ming dynasty, 20 cm high. Provenance: East and West Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria Private Collection

A Chinese celadon-glaze vase with tubular handles, Label: Bonhams and Butterfields 7286/3, 18 cm high

A celadon crackle glazed vase with elephant handles, 20th century. 26 cm high

Three Chinese porcelain vases comprising of famille rose 34.5 cm high approx, Lon quan celadon 22 cm high and blue & white 34.5 cm high

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 song style celadon vase Ge style bottle form, the tall neck with opposing loop handles, in soft crackle glaze, 15 cm high

Chinese celadon glaze Qingbai vase, probably Yuan dynasty. Height 21.5 cm

Two Chinese porcelain vases, one polychrome the other celadon, 29 cm high approx

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

Chinese celadon drum vase with mask head handles, Qianlong mark to base and possibly of the period measures 16 cm high

Antique Chinese Longquan celadon double lug vase with flared trumpet shaped mouth and two elephant-head lug ring handles measures 30 cm high

Chinese celadon vase. Dual handled, with moulded leaf dec. Possibly late Qing or Republic period. Height 35 cm

A pair of pale celadon bulbous vases decorated with flowering plants on wooden stands. Purchased at Bonhams and Goodman Auction May 2002, catalogue item number 602, 36 cm high

Antique 19th century Chinese celadon glazed baluster vase, with pierced handles, moulded in relief with bats, peaches and blossoming branches, approx 40.5 cm high

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