Celadon, noun

Celadon

Celadon is a word seldom spoken in everyday conversation, but it’s seen all the time in auctions featuring Chinese and other Asian objects. Celadon is a pottery term, denoting wares glazed in the jade green celadon color (a/k/a greenware); and a type of transparent glaze, often with small cracks, that was first used on greenware, but later on other porcelains. The item shown here is a celadon platter with butterflies and clouds in the center with a meander border along the flat rim. It is being offered in Converse Auctions’ internet-only Winter Asian Auction, Feb. 17.

Celadon originated in China, although the term itself is purely European. Celadon production fanned out to other Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea and Thailand. Eventually European potteries produced some pieces, but it was never a major element there. Finer pieces are porcelain, but the color and the glaze can be produced in stoneware and earthenware. Most of the earlier Longquan celadon is on the border of stoneware and porcelain, meeting the Chinese but not the European definitions of porcelain. The platter shown here is expected to realize $100-$200.

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