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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A large Japanese cloisonne vase, Meiji period, 1868-1912, decorated with birds and exotic flowers, 29.5 cm high

A Chinese cloisonne baluster shaped vase and a rectangular lidded box, Republic period, the wood lined box with bats enamelled around the lid, on a turquoise base with ball shaped feet, the vase with an all over design in copper wiring, box 18 cm long, vas

A pair of French gilt-bronze and cloisonne enamel figural vases, circa 1890. in the form of cupid accompanying classically draped maiden holding aloft the trumpet cloisonn© vase, set upon cloisonn© bases, 12 cm width, 35 high

Very large cloisonne vase, with enamelled floral decoration, old repair to shoulder & damage to rim, 72 cm high approx

Pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, approx 25.5 cm high (2)

A cloisonne vase. Meiji period (1868-1911). Bulbous form, with a flared neck, pink with birds in flight. 33 cm high

A pair of ginbari cloisonne enamel vases by the Ando workshop, Taisho period, early 20th century, each of globular form, decorated with birds amongst blossoming prunus in colours on the bright red ground, silvered mounts, the base with 'Ando' mark, (2), 15

A cloisonne enamel vase, by Hayashi Kodenji, Meiji period, of rounded square section, decorated in silver and gilt wire and polychrome enamels, with a bird perched on a maple tree with flowering plants at the base and on the reverse, between blue ground fl

A Chinese cloisonne vase, decorated with florals. Some restoration. Height 24 cm

A Japanese early 20th century cloisonne vase, decorated with dragons, mythical birds and florals. Some restoration. Height 15 cm

A Japanese early 20th century cloisonne vase, decorated with mythical birds and florals. Height 18 cm

Five cloisonne plates, vase & match box holder. Five cloisonné plates, vase & match box holder, plates approx 9.5 cm diameter and vase approx 11 cm high (7)

A Chinese cloisonne double gourd vase with lotus decoration on an olive ground with cover. Height 40 cm.

A Japanese cloisonne ginbari prunus blossom baluster vase, plus a smaller vase and dish. (3) Height of tallest: 25 cm.

A Chinese gilt and cloisonne double gourd vase with cover and carved stand. Height 31 cm.

A pair of Meiji cloisonne vases with alternating lappet panels of dragons and phoenix. Height 29.5 cm.

A large Japanese cloisonne vase depicting a colourful phoenix against a yellow ground, maker's mark to base, for Ando Jubei. Height of vase: 26 cm together with a rosewood stand.

A Japanese yellow ground cloisonne baluster vase decorated with roses. A Japanese yellow ground cloisonne baluster vase decorated with roses Height 25 cm.

A pair of Chinese cloisonne vases decorated with peacock and peahen on associated timber bases. Vase height 21 cm.

A Japanese cloisonne baluster vase decorated with fans, marked to base for Inata, with associated timber stand. Height 23 cm.

A Chinese cloisonne double gourd vase with lotus decoration on a blue ground with cover. Height 40 cm.

A lidded cloisonne jar and a cloisonne vase 8 and. 23 cm height

A large Chinese lidded cloisonne vase of fat baluster shape with a multi coloured floral pattern on a buff ground. Carved wooden stand

A Japanese Meiji period standard cloisonne tapered baluster vase with alternate spiral bands of rosettes and butterflies. Height 19 cm

A good Japanese Meiji period fat bodied lidded cloisonne vase with an intricate pattern of grouse, crane and sparrows amongst peony, wisteria and other flowers. Lappet border with peony rosettes and spiral mons. Height 30 cm

A small Japanese Meiji period cloisonne vase of tapered form with spade shaped floral panels and gin bari highlights. Height 12.5 cm

A pair of Japanese Meiji period standard cloisonne vases of tapered form with fan panels of flowers on a spiral diaper ground. Height 15 cm

A good Japanese Meiji period fat bodied cloisonne vase with encircling dragons in a cloudy sky and floral border. Minor rim dent. Height 24 cm

A pair of Japanese Meiji period tapered standard cloisonne vases with flowers and butterflies on a spiral ground. Height 19 cm

A good pair of Chinese cloisonne bottle vases with an intricate pattern of birds and flowers on a blue ground. Height 15 cm

A Japanese Meiji period standard cloisonne tapered baluster vase with butterflies and flowers on a brown gold stone flecked ground with lappet borders. Height 15 cm

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