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 'clair-de-lune' glazed vase, Fanghu, 20th century, the baluster body rising to the neck flanked by a pair of rectangular lug handles, moulded to the front and back with a raised peach-form panel, covered overall with a pale blue glaze, the base i

A flambe vase, 19th/20th century, the ovoid body with a double raised band around the shoulders below the tall waisted neck, covered with a rich crimson glaze faintly suffused with lavender blue around the neck, the base incised with an apocryphal four cha

A red-glazed vase, 19th/20th century, of domed form tapering to the narrow waisted neck, the rich copper-red glaze pooling to a darker tone above the foot, the rim, interior and base left white, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with an apocryphal six-

A gilt-decorated coral-ground 'famille-rose' vase mark and period of Hongxian, both sides painted with a panel of birds and flowering plants, one of birds beside peony and bamoo, the other of a bird perched over a lotus pond, all reserved on the br

A Chinese yellow glaze porcelain vase Meiping shape, with character marks to base height 23.5 cm

An old Chinese large iridescent green glazed vase, elegant ovoid body with flared rim cylindrical neck, unmarked. Height 43 cm, raised on an old carved hardwood stand. Provenance: Purchased by Mrs A.R. Seccombe in August 1927 as part of the house and conte

A Chinese porcelain vase, the design moulded under the celadon glaze, an impressed Qianlong mark, the square shape with a deep foot, height 37 cm

Yuhuchun deep blue glaze vase with a high gloss finish with a white interior, stamped to the base with Chinese characters, height 25.5 cm

A Chinese porcelain mallet bodied vase, with a song- de-boeuf glaze with slight green mottling; six-character Kangxi mark under the base. Height 17 cm

A Chinese porcelain double-gourd vase, with sang-de-boeuf glaze, crackled glaze under the small foot ring. Height 14.5 cm

Pair Chinese crackle glaze ceramic vases, each with embossed dragon figures. Character marks to bases. Height 17 cm (each).

An early Chinese Longquan celadon mallet-shaped vase, song Dynasty (960-1279), or later, well-potted, with a cylindrical body, rising from a low foot-rim to a canted shoulder, and terminating by a dish-shaped mouth. The neck with crackle glaze, flanked by

A Chinese blue glaze 'Fanghu' vase, Qianlong mark, 18th-19th century, in an archaic form, with even dark blue glaze, 'Qian Long Nian Zhi' four-character under glaze blue mark to the base, 31 cm high. Provenance: Private Queensland collectio

A Chinese Longquan celadon vase, Ming dynasty, 15th century, 20 cm high

A large Chinese blue and white vase with crackle glaze, late Qing dynasty, early 20th century, 59.3 cm high

A Chinese Qingbai vase, Yuan dynasty, 14th century, with dragon and ring handle attached to each side of the neck, the body incised with a band of lotus flowers above a band of upright banana leaf motif, each side of the neck decorated with an upright bana

A Chinese 'arrow' vase, hexagonal baluster shape with 'ear' handles to the side of the neck, pale mustard glaze with crackle finish. Height 23 cm

A Chinese porcelain vase with underglaze blue and crackle glaze, height 32 cm

A Chinese Meiping-shaped porcelain vase with Sky blue glaze, with Qianlong mark to the base, height 21 cm

A large Chinese monochrome vase, the copper red oxide glaze, probably Qing Dynasty, the glaze falling from the wide mouth to the shoulder of the pear shape, on carved wood fitted stand, height 32 cm

Large Chinese brown glazed pottery vase on stand, six loop handles to the top rim, approx 60 cm high including stand

Chinese celadon vase, of mallet form with fluted sides and elongated neck, height 20 cm

Chinese porcelain vase, baluster form vase with Qilong dragon clinging to shoulder, in a monochrome pale blue glaze, impressed mark to base, height 14 cm

Chinese porcelain arrow vase, in a celadon crackle glaze, seal mark to base, height 30 cm

Chinese celadon vase, of lobed form, decorated with scrolled flowers, height 19 cm

Chinese porcelain twin handled vase, of baluster form, twin handles in the form of dragon heads, on circular spreading foot, with scrolling decoration, in pale celadon tones, height 33 cm

Early Chinese/ Anamese bottle vase, with cylindrical neck and ovoid body, in a olive celadon glaze, a/f, height 18 cm

Anamese Le Dynasty crackle glaze vase, of mallet form, in cream tones, raised on circular foot, height 16 cm

Chinese crackle glaze vase, decorated with raised rampant dragons and flaming pearls in tones of brown on white crackle ground, seal mark to base, height 60 cm

Celadon glaze tapered vase having double ring marks & six character stamps to the base. Height 31 cm

A Chinese Yuhuchun crackle-glaze vase height 29 cm

A heavily potted celadon green glazed vase, signature to base, an even glaze on the lobed body, a fitted box from Tianlong temple Tenryu-ji, Kyoto, Japan, height 24 cm

A rich copper red glazed bottle vase, Qing Dynasty, of compressed pear shape rising from a tall foot, an even shade of red then a cream colour toward the mouth rim, the glaze ending unevenly around the rough foot, height 28 cm

A yellow glazed bottle vase with incised decoration, Qianlong seal mark, of globular form with a flared rim to the elongated neck, two five clawed dragons floating amid the clouds above a ruyi lappet band, height 35 cm

A cobalt blue glazed globular bottle vase, Qing Dynasty, 19th century, the surface covered with a deep blue glaze and ending evenly around the foot, a cream crackle glazed base, height 36 cm

Handsome Chinese celadon vase, with spreading lip, above cylindrical neck, above a baluster body, with incised flower and foliage motifs, in dark olive glaze, height 46 cm

Chinese porcelain vase, baluster form vase with Qilong dragon clinging to shoulder, in a monochrome pale blue glaze, impressed mark to base, height 14 cm

Two Chinese celadon wall pocket vases, decorated with blossoms together a Chinese fish form wall pocket

Large Chinese celadon vase, with raised floral decoration, 30 cm high

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 flambe-glazed three spouted vase mark of Tongzhi, the lobed body of double gourd form rising from a countersunk foot to the three narrow necks, the rich red glaze vertically streaked with lavender blue in the indentations of the lobes, the base incised w