China; Qing dynasty; 19th c.
Harmoniously proportioned vase with peony flowers and tendrils in relief all over. During the Qing dynasty celadon denoted a special colour of glaze and the body of the vessel was made of porcelain. The pale green glaze is a copy of celadon ceramics used in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The rigid control of firing made it possible to achieve various nuances of green from iron oxide glaze that was usually applied in a thin coat. It is a high temperature glaze with firing at 1200ºC.