Art can take many forms and encompass a host of different mediums and materials. Celadon and russet jade are popular options, particularly in Chinese culture, and there are many beautiful pieces today that have survived from the Ming Dynasty. Many in China valued celadon because it bore a resemblance to actual jade. To have a better understanding of why pieces made from the material have such an important place in art history, it is important to learn more about celadon and jade, and how they are used.
What is Celadon?
Celadon is not a type of material. Rather it is a term that is used for pottery and other pieces of art that have been created using stoneware or porcelain and then glazed with a color similar to jade. The term celadon jade is often used with these pieces. These pieces were highly sought-after when they were created, just as they are now. Many pieces from the golden age of celadon can be rather valuable. Pieces from earlier or later eras are often cheaper. Still, it will depend on the piece in question, as well as the overall quality. Most will cost tens of thousands of dollars.
There is also an interesting superstition involving celadon. It was believed that a dish made from celadon would change color or even break if the food that was put onto it was poisoned. While this is not true, of course, there is no denying that celadon is popular.
What is Russet Jade?
The term russet describes the color of the jade. While most people think of bright green when they think of jade, jadeite and nephrite, which are the types of jade, are available in a range of colors. Jadeite is typically white, cream, and dark green. Nephrite has more color variance and can be white, dark green, orange, and russet, which is a dark brown color. Artwork and wares will often have a combination of different colors.
There are many examples of celadon and russet jade pottery and artwork. Below are a few of the popular pieces that have come to light and have been up for auction or that are in museums.
Amazing Pieces of Celadon and Russet Jade Artwork
One such piece is a celadon and russet jade carving of a camel that was made sometime in the Tang – Ming dynasty in China. This small piece is only 2.25” long, but it is very valuable, estimated to be worth between $20,000 and $30,000. The stylized camel is laying down with its legs folded up beside it. It has open eyes and visible ears, as well as intricate carvings to show the fur. The stonework is a beautiful pale green, along with a yellow-russet color.
Another beautiful and interesting piece from the Ming Dynasty is a pair of celadon and russet jade rings that are interlocked. This piece measures about 4.5” long and each of the rings features carvings of dragons. Interlocking rings are considered to be quite rare. This piece is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $50,000. It is a beautiful pale celadon that is almost translucent. It also has elements of russet jade running through parts of it.
There is also a gorgeous pale celadon and russet jade louhan boulder from the Qing Dynasty, which features Buddha seated within the stone. There is a carving of a tree and sprigs, as well as the figure. This piece is 5” high, and it is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $50,000.
In addition to celadon figures and carvings, there are also many types of celadon and russet jade pottery. Much of the celadon pottery has a green jade color, although there are many examples that also have russet jade running through it. This creates as beautiful and interesting a color combination on the pottery as it does on the carvings. There were also pieces of jewelry that were made with celadon and russet jade.
Additionally, there is often a level of intricacy to these pieces that is truly stunning and impressive. The pieces of art were carved and shaped by the hands of skilled artists who knew not only how to work with the materials and glazes, but also how to create unique and beautiful carvings.
While celadon and russet jade are popular, there are other colors and styles of celadon that are beautiful, as well. There are many stunning examples of this type of artwork. These are truly unique and could make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection.
Where to See Celadon and Jade Pieces
Today, there are many options for seeing these types of sculptures and pottery. Typically, they can be found in museums, especially those that have exhibits on art from China, Korea, and other countries where celadon was and continues to be popular. However, art lovers do not necessarily have to experience these pieces from afar. There are many pieces available for sale today. There are options to see and even buy genuine celadon and russet jade pieces through auctions. Typically, potential buyers can check out the pieces online first to get a better look at them and to determine whether they might want to place a bid or not.
The prices for the artwork can vary greatly, of course. Buyers considering purchasing these types of pieces should look not only at the price but also their overall interest. Given the boundless subject matter and styles, there are often options available that can meet anyone’s expectations. Some might like to collect pottery and dishware. Others might be more interested in religious carvings or they could enjoy some of the mythical beasts that have been carved with celadon and russet jade.
Those who wish to add pieces of these types to their private collections can start by working with some of the auction houses in Dania Beach, FL. Here, people will find experts who can help them discover unique sculptures and pottery available at auction.
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