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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Japanese cloisonne vase. Blossom decoration on red ground. Height 12 cm

Large Chinese cloisonne vase. Hexagonal, with panels depicting birds and blossoms. Height 77 cm

A Meiji period cloisonne vase of baluster form, bright yellow with foliage on stand, overall height 37 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 Ginbari cloisonne vase, Showa period, second half 20th century, a waisted baluster vase with silvered mounts, with a finely wired prunus blossom branch and bamboo upon a translucent patterned red foil ground; unmarked. Height 18.5 cm

A small Japanese Ginbari cloisonne vase, Showa period, second half 20th century, a waisted baluster vase with silvered mounts, with a finely wired white prunus blossom branch and bamboo upon a translucent patterned red foil ground, unmarked. Height 12 cm

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

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

Large cloisonne style baluster form vase, flower decoration, 75 cm high

Antique Japanese Meiji period, noir cloisonne enamel vase, with floral decoration, 12 cm high

Fine pair of antique Meiji period cloisonne candelabras, the sectional form vases holding multi branch arms, each approx 32 cm high (2)

Cloisonne vase, silver mounts in the Ando style

A pair Japanese, cloisonne enamel, silvered rim, vases, mid 20th century, silver wire construction depicting bamboo trees, against a translucent red ground. Height 18 cm

A pair of Japanese Meiji period fine quality cloisonne vases, the elongated ovoid bodies of rounded square section, trumpet form narrow necks, fine floral decoration of wisteria, iris and other florals on deep purple ground, repeat pattern to the rims, imp

Japanese cloisonne rose decorated vase H18 cm approx

Early Japanese cloisonne 'Dragon' vase H12 cm approx

A pair of turquoise ground cloisonne sleeve vases Japanese, Meiji period (1868-1912), decorated with butterflies, birds and flowers, 29.5 cm high, 16.5 cm diameter

Japanese small cloisonne vase with silver wire in Ando style

Chinese cloisonne vase. Twin dragons chasing a flaming pearl. Dents. Height 31.5 cm

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, mid 20th century, the small baluster vases with waisted necks, white metal rims decorated with auspicious red crested cranes amidst coloured naturalistic foliage upon a ink blue black ground, rich green to the interior;

Chinese cloisonne vase with elephant handles, butterflies on a green ground, a full spectrum of colours, height 30 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

Pair of early Japanese cloisonne vases teal blue in colour decorated with flora and butterflies, 31 cm high approx

Good oriental cloisonne vase decorated with butterflies & birds, 25 cm high approx.

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, birds, chrysanthemums and peony roses on a cobalt blue ground with the base and top borders of geometric forms. Height 30 cm

Pair of Japanese cloisonne vases with flowering tree on black ground, with timber stands, 10.5 cm high approx.

Pair of Japanese cloisonne vases with blossom & bird decoration on blue ground, with timber stands, 20 cm high appox.

Pair of Japanese fine cloisonne vases with foil (ginbari) elements & floral decoration, makers mark to base, 15.5 cm high approx.

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, 19th century, 22 cm high (2)

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

Japanese cloisonne vase with blue ground & lily decoration, 18.5 cm high approx.