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 Longquan celadon shallow dish, embossed to the centre with a sinuous dragon and to the cavetto with foliate tendrils. Evidence of wear to the glaze. Diameter 35 cm

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,

Quinglong period celadon glaze bowl on pedestal base, 18 cm diameter (faults)

A Chinese porcelain bowl & celadon dish, the bowl in kitchen Qing style, with painted fish [2]. Diameter 15, 13 cm

A Chinese incised celadon bowl, the deep rounded sides ending in a flared mount, an unglazed base revealing the brown-red body. Diameter 15 cm. Height 8 cm

An Australian pottery bowl by Anne Geroe, 20 th century; Celadon glaze; 7.5cm high, 33cm diameter

A Chinese celadon cosmetics box, the lid finely carved with floral motifs, the interior divided into sections by flowering stems separating the three small bowls within. Diameter 13.5 cm

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

Antique Chinese celadon glazed tea bowl 7.5 cm diameter, 3.8 cm high and a carved timber display stand.Provenance: Finey Collection, Sydney

Early Chinese celadon pottery bowl, 41 cm diameter x 9.5 cm high

Chinese green Ming glazed Celadon dish, 20 cm diameter

A modern celadon studio-pottery bowl, late 20th century 27 cm diam. Provenance: NSW Private Collection, acquired from David Jones

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 shallow bowl, crackle glaze, with central medallion decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita, 25 cm

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 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 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

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 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 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

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