Lot 22: Celadon Bowl with Anhua Décor, Pres. Song Dynasty

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

October 22, 2016, 2:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany
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Description: Eartenware with engobe and olive green celadon glaze
China, wohl Song Dynastie (960-1279)
Deep conical shaped bowl with low foot ring and slightly pronounced rim
The interior with floral anhua décor
Height: 7,4 cm; Diametre: 19,3 cm
Good age-related condition 


The bowl is in good age-related condition, with partial manufacture flaws. The rim shows a chip. The glaze with usual scratches. The height measures 7.4 cm. The diameter of 19.3 cm.


Celadon is a term for a greenish glaze of Chinese stoneware. The color reaches from a bright grass green tone to a deep dark olive green or bluish color. Celadon pieces are extremely popular in Asia, because the color is reminiscent of jade. The typical color is created by the reduction of ferrous oxide in the feldspar glaze during firing. The name ‘celadon’ was derived from the hero of the novel L’Astrée by Honoré d’Urfé from 1610. The shepherd was named Celadon and was wearing a matt green robe, which coined the term.

An hua décor

An hua, termed a ‘veiled’ décor-technique, where uncolored motifs are perceptible as impressions, under a translucent glaze. The décor is applied on the body by carving, incising or impressing before the glazing and firing. As a dominant décor it can be found on Song dynasty Ding, Xing and Qingbai wears, which are characterized by a bluish glaze. During the early Ming period the décor were extraordinary popularity, arguably because Yongle, the most important emperor of the Ming dynasty, appreciate very much this form of decoration. Filigree lines and patterns were a characteristic of ceramics around the 1640s. The An hua technique was revived in the first half of the 18th century, in cut and pressed rims. (bde)

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