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 large Longquan celadon carved & moulded dish, probably Yuan/Ming Dynasty, 13th-14th century, with rounded sides rising to a flat, everted rim, the interior decorated with a cross hatching, a band of foliate scroll carved in the well, the base similar

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 large Chinese celadon bowl, 19th century, of deep form, the body covered evenly with crackle glazed celadon, with brown rim, the straight foot unglazed, 24 cm diameter

Chinese celadon crackle glaze bowl, of conical form decorated with three boys on exposed foot, diameter 18.5 cm

Chinese crackle glaze bowl, of lobed form, in celadon tones, diameter 18.5 cm

Chinese crackle glaze shallow bowl, shaped rim and lobed body, in a celadon glaze, diameter 20 cm

Two Anamese 16th century bowls, one with celadon glaze the interior decorated with a band of incised flowers in a green/yellow glaze, the other in cream glaze with hints of blue, diameter 13.5 cm, 13 cm (20

Two Anamese Tran Dynasty, 12th century celadon bowls, with flared lips, one in a pale celadon glaze, and the other in pale cream glaze with incised floral motifs, diameter 17 cm, 16 cm (2)

Early Chinese Qingbai glaze jar, of baluster form, together with Chinese pale celadon bowl, with flared lip and sloping sides, a/f, height 7 cm, diameter 16.5 cm (2)

Two Chinese/ Anamese, 15th/16th century bowls, both of tapering form, one in a green celadon glaze, the other green/white glaze, both raised on circular foot, diameter 17 cm, 16 cm, (2)

Large celadon pottery bowl, large bowl raised on a small circular foot, with scalloped rim, lightly engraved floral decoration under a celadon glaze, diameter 28 cm, height 12 cm

Two Anamese 15th/16th century celadon bowls, both with flared lips and sloping sides, in green celadon glaze and accented with incised stylised floral decoration, raised on circular foot, diameter 17 cm, 16 cm (2)

Two Anamese 16th century celadon bowls, with sloping sides, in a pale green glaze, incised with floral motifs and raised on a circular foot, sagger marks to interior, diameter 16.5 cm, 17 cm (2)

A Chinese Ming-style provincial deep bowl, decorated to the interior with underglaze blue depictions of fish, water weeds and a floral design to the centre, the exterior with celadon glaze, crackle finished. Diameter 20 cm

A Chinese celadon dish finely painted in overglaze enamels, Qianlong mark, the magnolia and chrysanthemums issuing from a rocky garden, diameter 16 cm

A celadon crackle glazed dish, with shallow rounded sides, an even glaze inside and out, diameter 14 cm

Very large Chinese deep celadon bowl, with serpentine edge, above fluted sides, incised with flower motifs, raised on circular foot, height 15 cm, diameter 31 cm

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A Song style celadon glazed dish, decorated to the centre with an impressed floral pattern. Diameter 35 cm

Eight various Celadon dishes, including large bowl, set small dishes, etc

Ten various oriental ceramic pottery bowls, inc celadon & antique etc. diameter 20ms (largest). All as inspected.

A 'Longquan' celadon 'dragon' dish, Yuan dynasty, with rounded sides rising to a flat everted rim, the interior decorated in relief with a leaping dragon pursuing a flaming pearl within a band of curling scrolls carved around the cavetto, t

Cantonese bowl on French ormolu stand, mid-19th century, the porcelain bowl of shell form, hand painted with flowers and butterflies on a pale celadon ground, the ormolu base stamped 'H. Picard, height 15.5 cm length 26 cm

Chinese egg shell Celadon shallow bowl with dragon decoration

A collection of eight Chinese Swatow dishes, 19th / 20th century, each decorated with loose designs in underglaze blue on celadon ground, the largest 32 cm diameter. Provenance: a private collection, Sydney

A collection of five celadon plates and two bowls, 19th century and later, each varying in tone and size, ranging from 9 cm to 24 cm diameter

A Chinese porcelain celadon dish, with underglaze blue Bats and double Happiness in centre, late Qing Dynasty, Chenghua mark, Ming Dynasty to base, diameter 23 cm

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 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 large earthenware celadon green glazed bowl, the octagonal shape with an everted rim, Yoazhou style, the interior crisply moulded with stylized flowerhead medallions & radiating lines from the centre, diameter 32 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 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 Song Yuan dynasty celadon bowl, 34 cm wide, 8 cm high, hairline cracks present. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.