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 celadon-glazed vase, the almost cylindrical body tapered at the base to the short straight foot and rising to a high rounded shoulder incurved to the short narrow mouth, covered overall with an even bluish green glaze continuing under the base, the base
A 'Longquan' celadon vase, Ming dynasty, of slender ovoid form tapering to the waisted base, the narrow shoulders surmounted by a short cylindrical neck with lipped rim, the sides carved with a lozenge pattern above a band of vertical flutes and a
Chinese celadon green glazed Cong shaped vase, six character underglaze blue mark and period of Guangxu, (1875-1908), the square body is molded on each side with eight Trigrams, Bagua, below a short cylindrical neck and sits on a deep circular foot. Note:
A Chinese Longquan vase, Ming Dynasty, 15th century, heavily potted with incised decoration to the exterior, covered with thick crackle glaze, the wood lid with an celadon jade finial in the form of a carp, 28.2 cm high (with the lid), 22 cm high (vase), f
An unusual Chinese 'Fenqing' celadon glaze 'Gu' shaped alter vase, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century, in an archaic 'Gu' shaped form with wide trumpet shaped mouth, the whole body covered with a nice light green glaze, the upper section with trace of painted
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 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
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
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