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 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 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.

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 '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 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 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,

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

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

Antique Chinese celadon glazed tea bowl 7.5 cm diameter, 3.8 cm high and a carved timber display stand.Provenance: Finey Collection, Sydney

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

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