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 good cloisonne vase, decorated with cranes together with matching dish

Chinese silver cloisonne vase. Yellow blossom & leaf decoration. Marked 'Silver 99' to base. Height 12 cm. Weight 208g

Ando Jubei wireless cloisonne enamelled vase. Baluster shape with white floral pattern showing through pale green. White metal brim & foot. Wired personal mark to base. C.1930. Height 20 cm

Two Chinese cloisonne items. Vase & bowl. Traditional decoration. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Height 18 cm (vase)

A massive pair of Chinese cloisonne bottle vases, 20th century, 78 cm high

Pair of Japanese cloisonne large vases in the Ando style, height 25 cm

Japanese Meiji cloisonne vase with a grey and brown background featuring a pink rose, approx 15 cm high

A fine Japanese cloisonne vase, circa 1930-50, in the manner of Ando but unmarked, of pleasing ovoid form with a slender waisted neck, with white metal rim and base, with a continuous free form frieze of prunus blossom in green and creamy yellow upon a com

A Japanese cloisonne vase. Meiji period (1868-1912), of ovoid form with a small waisted neck, decorated to the body with naturalistic pink bearded iris with foliage on an ecru ground, the rim and base with metal mounts; signed underside. Height 9 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne vases, mid 20th century. The baluster shaped brass vases having red and yellow prunus blossom decoration to the body and neck upon a turquoise ground with wire worked ruyi cloud decor, lingzhi mushroom patterns to the collar and

Rare shape and finely worked cloisonne vase, powered blue ground wheat and butterflies, approx. 30 cm high

A pair of cloisonne vases of ovoid form, Meiji period (1868-1912), decorated with exotic butterflies on black ground, 24 cm high

A cloisonne vase of elongated ovoid form, Meiji period, (1868-1912), finely decorated with four doves on a deep emerald green ground, circular base, 24 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne vase of elongated ovoid form, Meiji period (1868-1912), decorated with a scrolling dragon on a gold stone ground, 24 cm high

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, Meiji period (1868-1912), finely decorated with iris on a midnight blue ground, impressed mark of Ota Tameshiro, 15.5 cm high

An unusual elongated Japanese cloisonne vase, Meiji period (1868-1912), very finely decorated with birds and floral motifs, signed to base, 23.5 cm high

A fine Japanese cloisonne vase of quatrefoil shape, Meiji period (1868-1912), finely decorated with panels of wisteria, iris, birds and butterflies, impressed mark of Ota Tameshiro, 18 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne vase, of ovoid form, Meiji period (1868-1912), finely decorated with birds and exotic flowers on a deep blue ground, impressed seal mark on the, foot rim, 22 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne vase of squat ovoid form, Meiji period (1868-1912), very well decorated with wisteria, small birds and iris on a midnight blue ground, impressed seal mark to foot rim, 14 cm high

A fine cloisonne cabinet vase, of tapering hexagonal section, dark cobalt blue decorated with spider chrysanthemums and butterflies, slight fault to rear. Height 18.5 cm

A fine Cloisonne vase, with a blue ground, on timber stand, height 33 cm

Small Japanese squat cloisonne vase, Meiji period. Height 7 cm

Two Japanese cloisonne vases, late Meiji period, one decorated with bamboo design (signed), the other with lily. Height 18 cm

A cloisonne bright orange vase. Meiji Period (1868-1911, of bulbous form with flared neck decorated with birds' foliage and butterflies, 33 cm high

Four cloisonne vases, approx 30 cm high and shorter (4)

A Japanese cloisonne vase with a tall stand, Taisho or early Showa period, decorated around the body with sparrows flying about a bamboo and daisy forest, between two decorative borders, the rims emphasised with brocade decorations, the stand with four bal

A small Chinese cloisonne 'morning glory' vase, Laotianli four character workshop mark, late Qing or Republic period, worked with metal inlay of scrolling pink-and-red morning glories against a white ground, between two bands of decorative patterns, 21.9 c

Pair of Japanese cloisonne vases cranes, butterflies and cherry blossoms on blue background (2), height 31 cm. Provenance: Property of a Lady, NSW

Two Chinese cloisonne vases, the first decorated with peony & cranes, the second with peony & blossom one on timber stand, each. Height 25 cm

A Meiji period Japanese Cloisonne vase. Height 31 cm

A pair of Japanese Meiji period cloisonne vases, of bottle form, each enamelled with a series of varied borders, above a repeating ho-ho bird pattern. Height 25 cm

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