We get a lot of really interesting things in for auction here at Anthemion Auctions, and the most recent example of this is the series of Chinese celadon vases which were in our 28th April Fine Art Sale.
What is celadon ware?
The term ‘celadon ware’, also known as green ware, refers to a type of ceramic with a soft grey-green-coloured glaze. The effect is achieved through applying an iron-rich liquefied clay ‘slip’ to the ceramic before it is fired in a kiln. During the heating process, the iron oxidises to leave a delicate and lustrous green coating. The celadon glaze technique originated in China during the Shang (1600-1046 BC) and Zhou (1046-256 BC) dynasties, when potters began experimenting with glaze recipes.
Our 28th April Fine Art Sale at Anthemion Auctions featured 8 pieces of celadon ware, which caused a lot of excitement amongst our buyers. Condition report request, and requests for additional images flew in for the 8 lots, and we saw a massive surge in Chinese bidders on our online platform & we quickly reached our maximum number of telephone lines for more than one of these lots!