Goryeo Celadon

During the nearly five centuries of the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), celadon. constituted the main type of ceramics produced on the Korean peninsula. This exquisite ware typically appears gray-green in hue.

There are no chips or cracks on this piece. All imperfections are original on the dish as it came from the kiln.

museum qualit
The dish on the left is not the one for sale.  It is a picture of a museum quality dish of the same age as the one we offer here, worth thousands of dollars. It is made by a fine artist. The dish that is for sale, see above, has the same popular floral design in the center but is applied with less skill, perhaps by an artist in training, and is worth only hundreds of dollars. The one for sale has the design applied only in white while the finer one on the left uses both white and dark colors to make the design.

more views of the dish being offered

Goryeo Celadon is one of the most famous ceramics in the world.  One interesting fact about it is that they do not have stamps or signatures of the artists or the kilns where they were made.


Tips on buying Korean Celadon antiques

Korean Celadon is world famous and has been made for many centuries.  Fine replicas of the ancient pieces are being made today for sale to people who love the beautiful pieces.  The replicas are of such fine quality the the Korean government has made it a legal requirement that a signature mark be placed on the bottom of  these replica pieces. I see many pieces of Korean Celadon being offered for sale boasting that they are signed pieces. You can be certain that if they have marks on the bottom and/or the bottom is glazed, they are modern reproductions.  Below, only the bottom pictured on the left is a genuine 700 year old piece of Korean Celadon.  The two to the right are nice looking modern reproductions.  The genuine old pieces of celadon  

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During the 10th century of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), celadon was fired for the first time in Korea.  By the twelfth century Goryeo celadon achieved its originality which can be observed from the beautiful hue of the blue glaze and the distinct inlay technique in which the engraved motif was filled with different types of slip that turned white or black after firing.  Celadon with iron painted decoration and black glazed ware were also produced. The political instability from around the fourteenth century, though, changed the style of Goryeo celadon that once reached its zenith into grayish green, hard-bodied stoneware that is more suitable for practical use and mass production. The piece offered for sale here (above left) is an example of that 700 year old celadon.

This antique comes with this Certificate of Origin