Shards from the Ancients

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Celadon, as a glaze and type of ceramic produced in a specific color, was originally created in China.  Zhejiang province is world reknowned for their original works.  Celadon glaze is thought to have been used even 2,000 years ago.  The term “celadon” was created by European connoisseurs who admired and coveted this pale green glaze on dishware, etc.  It is essentially a clear glaze with accentuated cracks in the glass and ends up being produced in a variety of colors from grey to brown, green to blue. Nowadays, the manufacturing of celadon homewares has spread to other Asian nations, Korea, Thailand, and so on.

In order to discern if the celadon earthenware you are eyeing has some age or not, there are several ways to tell.  First of all, the celadon may be discolored a bit and have lost some of its original vibrancy.  Also, older celadon was kept off the floor by pebbles or shells and after the firing these objects fell or broke off and left marks on the bottom called “spur marks.”  Also, modern versions have the signature of the artisan and older varieties did not. Some new reproductions can be charming as well, but if you really want to discover some ancients, above are some starting tips which will be certain to help you on your journey.

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth.
Zhuangzi

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Courtesy of Christie’s, Manner of Man, Korean Arts

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