Learn about Cloisonne

Cloisonne is an enamelling technique in which the pattern is formed by wires soldered to the surface of the object to be decorated, which is usually made from copper, forming cells or cloisons, each of which holds a single colour of enamel paste which is then fired, and ground and polished. The champleve technique also uses an enamelling technique, but the cells are formed by carving into the surface ot the object, or in the casting. The cloisonne technique has been in use since the 12th century BC in the west, but the technique did not reach China until the 13th or 14th century. It became popular in China in the 18th century. Initially bronze or brass bodies were used, and in the 19th century copper, at which time the quality of th eitems produced began to decline. Chinese cloisonné is the best known enamel cloisonné, though the Japanese produced large quantities from the mid-19th century, of very high technical quality. In the west the cloisonne technique was revived in the mid 19th century following imports from China, and its use continued in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.

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Early Chinese jadeite tree. In cloisonne pot. Height 20 cm

A Japanese cloisonne red enamel vase, Meiji period 1868, 1912. Depicting birds and bamboo trees against a red silver, foil ground. Height 30.5 cm

A Japanese cloisonne silver wire enamel vase, mid 20th century. Depicting flowers against a pale light green ground. Height 21.5 cm

A Japanese Plique-a-jour cloisonne vase with, carved stand. Depicting bird amongst foliage, signed mark to base, note: AF damage to upper rim. Height 15 cm (without stand)

A Japanese cloisonne vase, Meiji to Taisho period, early 20th century, with maker's mark of Ando. the gently flaring long beaker vase decorated with wired tuberose in subtle white to pale green hues with hints of emerald and royal blue on a deep inky g

Pair of Chinese cloisonne jardinieres, the central band decorated with a scene of scholars crossing a bridge in relief (2) (A/F), height 22.5 cm diameter 30 cm

Chinese antique cloisonne lidded round box Shou symbol to the lid 9.8 cm high

A quality Chinese cloisonne vase, baluster form, the squat spherical body decorated with butterflies, exotic flowers and vines on a pale blue ground, raised on a carved wood stand. Height 27.5 cm

A fine quality Japanese basse-taille cloisonne vase, of baluster shape decorated with prunus blossom. Height on fitted wood stand 30 cm

Blue cloisonne necklace with silver gilt clasp, size: approx 60 cm in length

Green cloisonne necklace, size: approx 61 cm in length

Pair large cloisonne mantel urns decorated with blossom, bamboo & birds on sky blue ground, 32 cm height (faults)

A twin cloisonne enamel snuff bottle, of flat circular shape, Qing dynasty, with symbols of longevity on a green ground with brass wires, a spotted deer & crane. Provenance: private South African collection. Height 6 cm

Chinese plique-a-jour pierced cloisonne lidded jar and stand

A pair of Chinese cloisonne dogs of Fo, 20th century, with Buddhist emblems to the body, bearing marks to base, length 28 cm

A Chinese jade tree in a cloisonne pot, 20th century, modelled naturalistically with flourishing white jade petals, vibrant hard stone stamen and large green jade leaves, in a cloisonne pot, approximately 50 cm high, Provenance: purchased from the jade gal

A large Chinese cloisonne 'Dragon' handles, Qianlong four-character embossed mark, baring a Christie's label, 54 cm high. Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired from a local estate in the 1990s, Hampshire private collection

A Chinese glass & semi-precious stone Bonsai, 20th century, in a blue enamel cloisonne planter, height 38 cm

A pair of large Chinese cloisonne censers, late 19th century/early 20th century, 37 cm high. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A Chinese cloisonne teapot squat circular shape with a brass loop handle, decorated with stylised lotus and tendrils, some cloisonne with enamel, some empty showing the copper ground. Height 18 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne Quail, 20th century. Turquoise enamel with feathers picked out in red, black, yellow, cobalt blue & black, gilt beak& eet. Height 11 cm, L. 8 cm

A unusual Chinese cloisonne tea cup on stand, transparent coloured glass body with brass bordering. Total height 6.5 cm

A Chinese cloisonne circular box depicting a dancing dragon central panel surrounded by cherry blossoms. Character marks to base. Height 5.3 cm diameter 9.2 cm

Japanese cloisonne floral vase on a green ground, with a silver rimmed base & top. condition good to fair, slight star crack to base, dent to the silver. Height 24.5 cm

Cloisonne blue ground vase decorated with birds amongst trees, with metal binding to the rim & base. condition fair, some minor losses. Height 18 cm

A green agate and cloisonne enamel lidded oval box, in perfect condition.

Vintage Cloisonne lidded square trinket box yellow in colour with floral decoration, 10 cm x 10 cm approx (as inspected)

Austrian silver gilt snuff box large oval moss agate centre and floral plique-a-jour surround and green cloisonne enamel sides, C:1920

Various costume jewellery including sunstone and cloisonne pieces

Early Japanese cloisonne ink well with pottery liner, 7.5 cm high approx

Antique Chinese cloisonne lidded jar with bird and floral decoration, H11 cm approxProvenance: Finey Collection, Sydney

Large Japanese cloisonne vase. Polychrome enamel with copper wire work on dark blue ground, losses to the enamel. Height 91 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne bangles, 20th century. D 7.5 cm

Cloisonne fine silver wire butterfly vase on a blue ground, with a copper insert. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height 28 cm