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

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,

Sawankhalok celadon jar, incised decoration, lobed handles, 13th-15th Century Provenance Ex Bluett London, ht 13cm

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

Two Chinese pale celadon glazed circular boxes and covers; 9 cm diameter; Provenance: Christie' s Australia, The Binh Thuan Shipwreck, Melbourne 1 & 2 March 2004

A Chinese celadon-glaze and biscuit 'Shrine' of guanyin and attendants, 39 cm high

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

A celadon-glazed jar, seal mark of Qianlong, the ovoid body rising to a short neck, moulded on each side below the shoulders with a reversed 'C'-shaped mock handle, covered overall with a sea-green glaze of even tone, the base inscribed in undergla

A Chinese celadon glaze vessel, bearing six character mark to base. Height 9.2 cm

Three Chinese silk Embroideries: a Wallhanging and Runners, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century, and early people's Republic era, 1960s, a Qing wall hanging in vibrant red, hot pink and celadon greens with figural panels and fur edged medallions with flora

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 Chinese porcelain tripod incense burner, in the Sung manner, the cauldron shaped pot upon zoomorphic legs and having square brackets to the lip rim for a handle and with a near white crackled celadon glaze falling shy of the base. Height 9 cm

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

A Chinese celadon-glaze jar, Qianlong six-character underglaze-blue mark 23 cm high

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 celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze with blue underglaze floral decoration. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 31.5 cm

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 crackle glaze storage jar, with four lug handles to shoulder, incised decorative panel with geometric designs. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 20.5 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze ewer, Ming Dynasty or earlier, with two small lug handle decoration to shoulder, and curved tapering spout. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 21.5 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 celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, crackle glaze, with central two fish decoration and incised scroll designs to inner sides, lotus petal design to outer sides. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 35 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze charger, Ming Dynasty, with central dragon decoration, scalloped outer body. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Diameter 36 cm

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 Chinese dark celadon glaze pot, Han Dynasty, of simple form with three small feet to base. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 13 cm. Diameter 17 cm

A Chinese celadon glaze water jug, two small lug handle decorations, wide opening to top and curved tapering spout. Private collection, Perth. Purchased V.M Antiques, Ermita. Height 20 cm

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