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 Lonquan celadon dish, 14-15th century, with foliate rim, the interior freely incised with a lotus flower, covered with a fine bluish green ice-crackle glaze, the foot rim unglazed with orange iron oxide, 20.4 cm diameter. Provenance: Jane Carnegi

A Chinese Longquan celadon brush washer, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1298), with fine crackle glaze, 11.5 cm diameter, similar example please see Chinese Antiquities From the Brian S. McElney Collection, p.93, pl.53. Provenance: An old Melbourne private co

A Chinese 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. Provenance: Mossgreen, 16 November 2015, lot 79

A Chinese Longquan celadon dish, early Ming dynasty, 14th century, interior centre carved with a lotus, covered in a green glaze, 34.3 cm diameter

A Chinese celadon bowl, Qianlong six-character mark, 18 cm diam

A Chinese celadon foliate dish with incised decoration, Yuan/ Ming Dynasty Tradition, the body with an even celadon glaze, central design with a clear band then incised decoration around the cavetto, Dia. 33 cm

Song Dynasty celadon high glaze bowl standing on a pedestal foot, having three rice grain marks. Condition good, minor age related wear. Diameter 30.5 cm

A Ming period celadon bowl with incised flower decoration, 29 cm diameter. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A small celadon bowl, 15 cm diameter. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Republic period small pale celadon bowl, 12 cm diameter, 8.5 cm high. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A late Ming dynasty celadon dish, the interior with incised flower decoration, 35 cm diameter. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A simple celadon bowl, probably Sung dynasty, on a carved stand, 12 cm diameter. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A celadon kettle, possibly Yaun dynasty, 22.5 cm tall. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Qing dynasty celadon crackle glaze bowl, with rounded convex sides on tripod feet and charcoal crackling, 27 cm wide, 11 cm high. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Ming celadon charger with fluted interior, 34 cm diameter. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A Song Yuan dynasty celadon bowl, 34 cm wide, 8 cm high, hairline cracks present. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A large Oriental 'Voc' Dutch East India Company charger, the replica charger decorated in the Chinese kraak style in blue on a celadon grey ground, the wide border with alternate panels of flowers and fungus and centred with the interlocking Voc lo

A small longquan celadon double fish washer, Yuan dynasty, 14th century, with a even green glaze, darker on the exterior, 12.6 cm diameter

A small longquan celadon washer, Yuan Dynasty, 14th century, with even grey green glaze, 13 cm diameter

A Chinese Longquan celadon washer, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), with foliate rimmed and bracket shaped cavetto, 11.6 cm diameter

A Chinese Lonquan celadon bowl, Song dynasty, 12th century, Incised with lotus design, grey green glaze, 18 cm diameter

A Chinese Longquan celadon dish, early Ming dynasty, 14th century, 34 cm diameter

Ming Dynasty footed bowl shaped circular with celadon crackle glaze

Large provincial Ming shallow bowl white celadon glaze, over-painted in iron red and green 38 cm dia (rim chip)

A Chinese olive-green celadon glazed jar, a garlic dome sitting above the bulbous body that has a continuous incised floral decoration, height 25 cm

A Chinese Yue Wae celadon ewer with chicken handle, West Jin (265-317), 16.5 cm high

A pair of yaozhou celadon-glaze cups, 12th century, 10 cm diam., (2). Provenance: NSW private collection. Ex Luen Chai, Hong Kong (label)

A Chinese carved longquan celadon charger, 15th to 16th century, 64.5 cm wide, 8.5 cm high. Provenance: NSW private collection, acquired during the 1950s or 1960s in Singapore and hence by descent

A 'Longquan' celadon stem bowl Ming dynasty, with rounded sides and lipped rim, supported on a tall collared splayed foot, the interior carved with scrolling lotus stems beneath the overall sea-green glaze falling short of the unglazed foot ring bu

A large 'Longquan' celadon dish Ming dynasty, of shallow saucer shape, the interior carved with scrolling peony encircling a central lozenge diaper medallion, covered inside and out with a sea-green glaze apart from a broad ring inside the foot rin

A 'Longquan' celadon dish Ming dynasty, stoutly potted with widely rounded sides rising to the broad everted lipped rim, the interior carved with radiating lobes enclosing a central peony medallion, covered inside and out with an even sea-green gla

A small antique Longquan celadon dish, in a fine sea green glaze with freely executed sgraffito marks to the rim and border, concentric rings to the centre, thickly glazed to the foot rim with a part unglazed base. Height 3.5 cm. Diameter 13.5 cm

A pair of Continental Neoclassical style gilt-bronze mounted Celadon urns. 31 cm high.

A celadon glazed bowl, Annamese, Li period, 12th/13th century, the rounded side incised with lines coming up from the flat base, a transparent celadon glaze covering the interior & exterior, condition: two fine hairline cracks from rim, Dia 18 cm, heig

A Chinese olive green celadon dish, with a foliate rim, Yuan/Ming dynasty, the cavetto with incised ribs & an impressed central motif, condition: a restored crack, diameter 32 cm

A Qing period celadon plate with moulded decoration, 28.5 cm diameter, on a carved stand, overall height 33.5 cm.

Two Chinese 'shiwan' figures, 20th century, one covered with celadon crackle glaze, the other covered with 'ge' type glaze with a impressed 'Guangzhou Renming Meishushe' mark to the interior of the base, 28.5 cm high

A Chinese celadon glazed jar with cover, 19th century, with under-glaze blue decoration, 31.5 cm high

A Chinese porcelain table jardiniere, cylindrical shape with chevron ribbed decoration, celadon glaze with red speckling, impressed Qianlong seal mark under the base. Diameter 16 cm