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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Chinese cloisonne pair of vases heavily decorated with panels of dragons and phoenix and floral banding. Height 38 cm

A small fine quality Japanese cloisonne vase, square form with rounded corners, decorated with daisies and leaves on a black ground, some bruising. Height 15 cm

A small fine quality Japanese cloisonne vase, inverted baluster form, decorated with cranes in front of a bamboo grove, on cobalt blue ground. Height 14 cm

A small fine quality Japanese cloisonne vase, decorated with wild flowers, blossoms, irises and a bird on a black ground, ovoid form with pinched neck. Height 15 cm

Good Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with cranes, 12 cm high

A pair of Japanese cloisonne enamel hexagonal vases each decorated with a wreathing three clawed dragon on a speckled foil brown ground, Meiji period 1868-1912 (some damage) (2). 25 cm(10') high

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, of hexagonal form with fine gilt wires on a dark rust ground. Meiji period the design of flowering and leafing mons in a spectrum of colours finely executed, a gilt interior and base. Provenance: a ladies collection, Syd

A cloisonne baluster vase decorated with birds and foliage. Height 20 cm. (damaged)

Pair Japanese cloisonne specimen vases. Pink camellias on navy ground. Dents. Height 15 cm

Japanese red cloisonne vase. Swallow and bamboo decoration. Height 19 cm

Antique Chinese cloisonne vase with decorative panels of dragons and phoenix. No base

Pair of cloisonne vases on stands with floral decoration on rest red ground. Height 20 cm. Provenance: Seddon Estate

Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with dragons and exotic birds. Height 20 cm

Japanese cloisonne vase. Camellias on red ground. Height 13 cm

Japanese Gonda cloisonne vase. Moriage decoration of two carp in dark blue water. Stamped to base, circa 1920s. Height 19 cm

A pair of Japanese cloisonne enamel vases signed, decorated with egrets in white and green on a blue ground 9 cm high (2)

A Japanese cloisonne enamel vase by Ando, decorated with roses on a pale blue ground 18.5 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne enamel slender vase by Ando, decorated with white and purple iris and large leaves on a pink, white and turquoise ground 15 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne ovoid vase by Tada Zo, decorated with pink iris on a pale blue ground, 9 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne enamel vase, decorated with goldfish and seaweed on a green and orange ground 18 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne enamel bottle vase, decorated with a prunus blossom tree above leafy floral plants 15 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne enamel vase, decorated with prunus blossom on a pale blue ground 12 cm high

Japanese cloisonne enamel vase mid 20th century, decorated with bird and foliage. Height 18 cm

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