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 Ming-style celadon dish, stoutly potted with shallow petal moulded sides and barbed everted rim, the centre with a raised circular band, carved with a flowerhead encircled with a floral meander and radiating floral sprays within a foliate scroll border,
An Annamese pale celadon glazed bowl, Ly Dynasty, 10/12th century, the shaped rounded sides ending in an unglazed rim, small hairline crackat rim. Provenance: Private Collection of a former Australian Diplomat. Diameter 19 cm
A Chinese crackle glaze celadon conical shaped dish. Combed central design, celadon in an olive green hue. Condition: fine 2 cm hairline. Provenance: Private Collection of a former Australian Diplomat. Diameter 11.5 cm
A Chinese celadon glaze deep bowl, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze with blue underglaze floral decoration to inner centre and outer sides, geometric decoration along rim edge. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 11 cm. Diameter 26
A Chinese crackle glaze ceramic bowl, Ming Dynasty or earlier, light celadon glaze with dark iron glaze rim, smooth conical shape body with straight high rim. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 9 cm. Diameter 18.5 cm
A Chinese celadon glaze dish and deep bowl. Philippines Museum sticker affixed to base. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Dish: diameter 23.5 cm, bowl height 11.5 cm. Diameter 15 cm (at top)
A Chinese celadon glaze deep bowl, Ming Dynasty or earlier, with scalloped rim and outer edge, inner sides with a smooth band of incised scroll work decoration, the glaze shows slight orange tinge from firing. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiq
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
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
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
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