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 blue ground. Makers mark to base. Height 13 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonné enamel vases. Decorated with a fine intricate mixture of both Chinese, and Iznik influences. Height 38.8 cm

Pair of large Chinese cloisonne vases together with two small vases

A fine Japanese cloisonne vase, taisho period (1912-1926), with an egg shaped body surmounted by an unusual tapering rectangular neck, the body in rose blush graduating to off white and decorated with a continuous decoration of birds in flight; the red bro

Japanese Gonda Hirosuke cloisonne vase. Yellow blossoms on green ground. Marked to base. Cracks - as inspected. Height 19 cm

Japanese Gonda Hirosuke cloisonne vase. Decorated with camellia blossom on brown ground. Marked to base. Restored - as inspected. Height 19 cm

Pair Chinese cloisonne vases. Bird on blue ground decorations; with brass embellishments, with plinths. H 31 cm (including plinths)

Pair of Chinese cloisonne vases. Pale blue ground with scenes of dancing dragons. Signed on the base. Height 12 cm each

3 pieces Japanese blue cloisonne. Pair of vases with scenes of cranes and matching plate with scene of Mount Fuji. Vase height 31 cm and platter diameter 32 cm

Japanese Totai cloisonné handled vase, Nagoya, Meiji/Taisho (1868-1926), decorated with a butterfly amongst callas. Height 18 cm

Pair of antique cloisonne vases with gilt metal mounts, 20.5 cm high.(2)

A Chinese bronze cloisonne vase, late 19th century, baluster shaped with a waisted neck, stylised flora and foliate designs in iron red, green, yellow and blue upon a diaper ground, a repeat lingzhi mushroom pattern to both collar and base, impressed and r

Pair of cloisonne vases and two Chinese lacquer pillow and box (4)

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