12th Century China Southern Song Celadon Vase


A beautiful, large 12th Century Chinese Southern Song Celadon porcelain urn Vase, possibly Longquan, in very good condition.
The porcelain urn vase looks like stoneware in the unglazed area and a bulbous shape, tapering slightly towards the base, with a slight step in the middle of the body. This is caused by the fact that the vase is made in two halves, top and bottom. A slight variation in size has given this step shape, making it more interesting to look at. The vase has a very short neck and lip. It is covered in greenish blue celadon glaze, with a blueish opalescence in the light. The surface shows very crazing but is so thin that it requires a magnifying lens to see it. The celadon glaze stops short of the base, with the greyish porcelain showing and slight iron oxide border between glaze and porcelain. There is no extra decoration as seen on many pieces of celadon, indicating that it was probably a storage jar. The inside has a caramel brown glaze. Condition is very good for its age, with just a kiln bruise to the body near the neck and a chip to the rim edge.
Celadon porcelain are wares glazed in the jade green celadon colour and a type of transparent glaze, often with small cracks, that was later used on other porcelains. Celadon originated in China and notable kilns such as the Longquan kiln in Zhejiang province are renowned for their celadon glazes.
Size: 22.5 x 29 cm (8 7/8 x 11 ½ inches)
Weight: 2517 g