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 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

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

Two 19th / 20th century AsianStyle vases includiong a turquoise glazed ceramic vase & a cloisonne vase, the first of bottle form, the cloisonne vase decorated with repeating diaper patterns, Tallest 18.5 cm

Two 20th century Japanese cloisonne vases, both pidgeon blood red ground, the larger of waisted form, decorated with peonies on pressed foil ground, the smaller of similar decoration. Height 18 cm &. Height 10 cm

A pair of cloisonne vases, the largest decorated with chrysanthemums on a pink ground. 42 cm high.

A pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, birds and foliage on lilac ground. Height 30 cm. (one damaged)

Pair Chinese cloisonne vases. Red and yellow blossoms on blue ground. Height 21 cm. (each)

Cloisonne: Japanese dragon vase by Ota Toshiro c.1910 (slight scratch); Japanese pigeon vase (damaged) 15 cm each. (2 items)

A small Japanese Akasuke cloisonne vase, first quarter 20th century, of baluster form with metal mounts, the red pigeon blood vase with clear enamel applied to a stippled metal base and relief designs of bamboo, and decorated with a continuous border of op

Two Japanese cloisonne vases, Taisho period (1912-1926), both of high shouldered ovoid form, one decorated with magnolia and prunus blooms upon a blue grey ground; the other with trailing full bloom roses and foliage upon a sky blue ground, both with silve

A Japanese cloisonne vase by Sato, 1945 onwards, the baluster-shaped vase with high shoulders and a waisted neck, with metal mounts, the whole in rich emerald green with an underglaze design of naturalistically depicted roses in a paler hue; marked Sato un

A Japanese cloisonne vase, possibly Ando, the ovoid form vase with a waisted neck and chrome mounts, with a wired arrangement of emerald to white flowers and foliage upon a cream lemon ground; unmarked. Height 15.5 cm

Japanese cloisonne vase with painting of mount Fuji on an apple green ground. Height 15.5 cm

Japanese cloisonne vase. Blossom decoration on red ground. Height 12 cm

Japanese cloisonne vase. Blossom decoration on blue ground. Makers mark to base. Height 13 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne 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