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 pair of cloisonne vases, Meiji period, early 20th century unidentified stamped mark to base featuring Manchurian cranes around a pine tree with waves beneath a brilliant cobalt blue sky, the ground and pine needles in fine silver wire and gin-bari techni

A fine cloisonne vase, Meiji period circa1890 an exceptional quality vase displaying fine wirework design of butterflies on a dark blue/black enamel ground, exotic long-tailed butterflies created using different thicknesses of silver wire and polychrome en

A cloisonne vase, Meiji period circa 1890's signed in silver wire (ki) on base Hayashi Kihyoe baluster shaped and with a design of peonies and buds on a branch with leaves all in silver on a wireless royal blue ground, silver neck and foot rims. Height 18

A large Ando cloisonne vase, Taisho period circa 1925, signed with jungin (pure silver) and Ando Studio mark a masterpiece of technical excellence, the silver body with a design of plum blossom and branches (prunus) on a red enamel ground, silver mounts an

A cloisonne vase, Meiji period circa 1880's, unsigned a good quality cloisonne vase featuring quail amongst autumnal flowers and grasses, copper mounts with stylized polychrome leaves and flowers to base and neck. Height 30 cm. Note: Quail and Millet desig

An exceptionally fine pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, decorated with flowering prunus, sparrows and chrysanthemums on a deep blue ground on pedestal bases. Meiji period (1868-1912). Height 36 cm

Highly decorative Japanese cloisonne vase, on a blue ground decorated with finely executed flowers and colourful birds. Height 14 cm

Pair of small cloisonne vases, with six panels of flowers (orchids, blossom and wisteria) on a blue ground with stylized geometric pattern to the collar. Height 16 cm

Elegant cloisonne vase, decorated with a front panel of blossom and flowers with two birds, one perched, the other in flight, on a midnight blue background. Height 24 cm

An ovoid wireless black cloisonne vase, Japanese 20th century signed, boxed 25.5 cm high

A conical wireless cloisonne vase by Ando Jubei, Japanese, 20th century with leaf and berry design on an emerald ground signed, boxed 22 cm high

An ovoid wireless cloisonne vase by Katsumi Kato, Japanese, early 20th century with red geometric leaf designs on a white ground signed, boxed. Height 29 cm

A set of three yellow enamel tapered baluster shaped vases by Ando Jubei wireless cloisonne with rib-effect neck signed 'Ando Jubei', boxed, each. Height 22.5 cm

A small spherical wireless cloisonne vase by Ando Jubei, Japanese 20th century with a row of flower-head designs around the neck on a turquoise ground signed, boxed. Height 18 cm

A large ovoid wireless green ground Ando Jubei cloisonne covered vase, Japanese, early 20th century signed, with large white flower heads. Height 29 cm, boxed

A large squat ovoid wireless yellow ground Ando Jubei cloisonne vase, Japanese, early 20th century with black flower heads and leaves, signed, boxed. Height 20 cm

A large ovoid wireless off -white ground Ando cloisonne vase, Japanese, early 20th century with a stylized phoenix or peacock and with black interior. Height 20 cm, signed, boxed

A cloisonne enamel vase, flowers etc. Against a yellow ground. Showa period. Height 21.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase flowers and foliage in shaded enamels against an akasuke ground, late Showa period. Height 21.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase flowers and leaves in shaded enamels against a yellow ground. Ando mark on lower chrome rim, late Showa period. Height 25 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase flower and leaves in shaded enamels against a blue ground. Ando mark on lower chrome rim, late Showa or Heisei period. Height 18.5 cm

A globular shaped cloisonne enamel vase flowers and leaves against a shaded enamel green ground. Ando mark on base. Showa period. Height 12 cm

A pair of small cloisonne enamel, Akasuke Ginbari vases Showa period. Height 12 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase Autumn leaves against a yellow ground. Ando mark on base. Showa period. Height 12.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase Foliage against an unusual and rare white ground. Stamped Sato on lower chrome rim, probably Heisei period. Height 16 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase in its original padded pine box. Flowers and leaves against a grey/blue ground. Ando mark on base & Company label on box, early Showa period. Height 12.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase flowers and leaves against a blue ground. Stamped Sato on the lower chrome rim. Unusually signed in wire near the upper rim, probably, Heisei period. Height 15.5 cm

A pair of cloisonne enamel vases flowers etc. Against ultramarine blue grounds. Showa period. Height 11 cm

A pair of cloisonne enamel vases decorated with ho birds against yellow grounds. Showa period. Height 12 cm

A pair of cloisonne enamel vases decorated with landscapes set in silver wires and shaded enamels, against sky blue/green grounds. Showa period. Height 12.5 cm

A pair of cloisonne enamel Ginbari vases, having flaring necks, flowers and leaves against an akasuke ground. Both marked Sato on their lower rims, probably late Showa period. Height 15.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase Catfish and floating waterlilies against a light green ground, signed on base, crossed flags mark, impressed upon the metal, maker unknown. Taisho period. Height 25.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel Ginbari vase bird and tree against a dark green ground, late Showa period. Height 18.5 cm

A cloisonne enamel vase birds and tree against a black ground. Showa period. Height 20.5 cm

An unusually patterned cloisonne enamel vase depicting foliage, within clouds imbued with goldstone, within a light green ground. Mid Showa period. Height 20.5 cm

An unusual cloisonne enamel vase, having a Ho Ho bird set in ginbari (silver foil), in this case, tinted. Against a black ground and having brass rims. Taisho period. Height 21.5 cm

A very fine cloisonne vase depicting a water bird amongst foliage and within a stream. Set within variable gauge, as well as, sculpted silver wires. Against a grey/blue ground having very fine and complex upper and lower borders. Signed on base with the 'D

A cloisonne enamel vase depicting a duck amongst foliage, against an ultra marine blue wireless ground, having copper rims. Attributed to Namikawa Yasuyuki. Taisho period. Height 31 cm

A fine cloisonne enamel vase attributed to Hayashi Kodenji, depicting foliage and flowers within silver wires and 6 small birds within gold wires. Silver mark on lower rim. Meiji period. Height 24.5 cm

A very fine cloisonne enamel vase depicting chicks on the ground amongst foliage. Set within very fine silver wires against a black ground. Attributed to Namikawa Yasuyuki, late Meiji period. Height 15 cm

A very fine cloisonne enamel vase depicting wading birds within different gauge silver wires, against a black ground. Attributed to Namikawa Yasuyuki, late Meiji period. Height 12 cm

A very fine cloisonne enamel vase depicting goldfish and plants in shaded enamels within brass wires, late Meiji period. Height 12.5 cm

A very fine cloisonne enamel vase depicting a dragon against a shaded enamel grey to black ground, the eyes being of tinted silver foil, the dragon set within different gauge wires, the ground set with scrolled circular single gauge silver wires. Attribute

A very fine cloisonne enamel vase depicting butterflies, set in silver and copper wires, against a black wireless ground, having brass rims. Attributed to Namikawa Yasuyuki. Meiji period. Height 12.5 cm

A small, very fine, cloisonne enamel vase, having 4 panels depicting plants and birds set in various thickness wires. Against a ground of green coloured silver foils patterned in the shape of flowers and butterflies. Attributed to Miwa. Meiji period. Heigh

A large cloisonne enamel, Ginbari vase flowers and foliage against a dark green ginbari ground. Chrome rims, Ando mark on lower one. Showa period. Height 31 cm

A large pair of cloisonne enamel vases birds amongst flowering foliage against pink grounds. Set within silver and copper coloured wires, having brass rims and intricate upper friezes. Attributed to Namikawa Yasuyuki. Meiji period. Height 32.5 cm

A large and unusual, 'Tree bark' cloisonne enamel vase on a brass stand filled wire work, depicting birds and foliage, with an enamelled recessed ground, the whole imitating carved and painted wood, the ground is ceramic, (not metal), the interior is glaze

A cloisonne Musen enamel vase, having a central circular frieze of wireless flowers, late Showa period. (A few light surface scratches). Height 19 cm

A very 'Modernistic' cloisonne enamel vase featuring three stylised fur trees in shaded enamels, set in silver wires against a cream coloured ground, the lower rim stamped with the 'Jun-gin' pure silver, mark, the base with the Ando mark. Showa period (195

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