Stoneware is easily one of the most popular and longest-lived pottery types ever produced in China. The style is thought to
have originated during the Five Dynasties period (907 - 960). Its Chinese name,
Qingci, translates as "greenish Porcelain."
Celadon Ceramics are often described as minimalist in design, usually lacking cluttered decoration. As the skill of the potters increased over the centuries the glazing took on a
magnificent jade-like appearance and texture.
Longquan County in Zhejiang Province is considered to be the most
important producing region for Celadon ceramics. Most of the pieces in
The Chalre Collection were
produced in this region.
The name Celadon is a European word with a strange story for how it came to be used. Celadon was
name of the hero of a romantic story called L'Astre written in 1610 by French writer, Honore
d'Urfe. The hero in the stage production dressed in green and the colour became all the rage in
It was around this time that Chinese
Qingci Ceramics made their debut in Paris to great acclaim. Everyone compared its
deep green to Celadon's outfit
in the play and started calling the Porcelain "Celadon."
France being the style-leader of Europe at the time, other countries followed
Brown Shipwreck Dish
CERAMIC ARTIFACT #ce-000i08
is sturdily constructed in a manner typical of shipwreck Celadons.
(Such items need strength to survive long, treacherous voyages.)
It has a smooth satin finish of thick brownish Celadon glaze.
Encrustations previously covering the artifact have been removed to
reveal a mint condition piece.
artifact was produced in China,
probably in the region of Longquan in Zhejiang province. It was
brought to Southeast Asia as a valuable trade-good probably by an ancient Chinese trading
ship that later sunk into the sea. After many centuries,
the piece was rediscovered by deep-sea excavators of the shipwreck and subsequently acquired by The Chalre Collection through a registered dealer.
in the Ming
Dynasty period (1368 - 1644), possibly during the reign of Emperor Wanli (1573 -
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and/or identical artifacts are found in various publications dealing
with Asian Ceramic Art including: Chinese Ceramics,
Guangdong Ceramics and
possibly The Art of
Chinese Ceramics and Song
Other similar or identical examples can be found in publications dealing
specifically with ancient shipwrecks excavations. Good examples
At Sea: The Lena Shoal Junk and The
Pearl Road: Tales of Treasure Ships.
items are also on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
(UK), the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA), the National Museum
of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), the National Museum of the Philippines
throughout the world with diverse collections of Asian ceramics.