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 pair of Chinese cloisonne chargers, 20th century, decorated in colours with birds and butterflies, 30 cm diameter

A Chinese cloisonne 'qilin' charger, 35.5 cm diam. Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired locally during the 1990s

Japanese cloisonne bowl, with floral & butterfly decoration on a blue ground, on timber stand, 15.5 cm diameter approx.

Large green Japanese cloisonne bowl, on timber stand, D21 cm approx

A large and impressive Japanese cloisonne charger, the centre decorated with peacocks, cranes, peony roses and bamboo on a blue ground, the border in conforming floral decoration. diameter 60.5 cm

Japanese cloisonne charger on stand on a red ground with copper wire inlay, depicting two blue birds on cherry blossom branches amongst other flowers, surrounded by a blue foliate geometric border, the underside decorated in copper wire with continuous cur

Large Chinese cloisonne bowl decorated with butterfly and blossoms, diameter 3 cm approx

A Chinese cloisonne Buddhist emblems and scrolling lotus' bowl, Jingtai four-character incised mark, 16.8 cm diameter. Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired in the early 1990s

Large round Cloisonne lidded bowl with butterfly and lotus decoration, diameter 25 cm approx

A Chinese cloisonne bowl, 20th century, with lion form handles, height 8.5 cm, diameter 12.5 cm

Vintage Japanese cloisonne charger some loss of enamel, 31 cm diameter approx.

Vintage cloisonne multi coloured bowl with dragon decoration, 25 cm diameter

A Chinese gilt bronze and cloisonne enamel figure of an elephant, on a turquoise background, the elephant stands erect on four legs, on a double detachable based tray, upon his saddle, rests a detachable gourd-shaped enamelled vase, with scroll handles, 58

A very large Chinese cloisonne enamel dragon charger, 19th century, decorated with vibrant 'Doucai' enamels to the interior of the plate and depicting the auspicious nine dragons. A principle Imperial five-clawed yellow dragon is surrounded by another eigh

A Meiji period (1868-1911) period, cloisonn? plate decorated with a flying crane and flowering branches 43 cm wide.

A Chinese covered enamel and cloisonne bowl, late Qing Dynasty, late 19th to early 20th century, beautifully decorated with a circular roundel depicting birds in flight over flowering peony, with similarly decorated smaller plaques to the cover and base, u

A pair of Chinese cloisonne chargers, Qing Dynasty, later 19th century, in hues of teal, navy, aqua and green, each depicting a dramatically posed bird of prey with white egrets amidst iris, paulownia blooms and willow, bordered with alternate hemispherica

A large Chinese cloisonne bowl, yellow ground with auspicious symbols and garlands, housed on stand, 8 cm x 35.5 cm

A bronze cloisonne Sakyamuni statue, with cloisonne decoration, sitting in lotus seat, hands showing Dhyana-Mudra with a small bowl in palm of hands, 19.5 cm high

Vintage Cloisonne floral display plate, width 24.5 cm approx

Antique Japanese silver rimmed cloisonne bowl, decorated with a carp fish, height 13 cm approx, ex private collection of Leo Schofield

A Chinese cloisonne bowl with stand, people's Republic era, second half 20th century, the low form bowl in deep green decorated inside and out with writhing red and yellow dragons chasing a flaming pearl below a border of blue, red and light green lingzhi

A large Chinese cloisonne bowl decorated with flowers, trees and butterflies on a geometric background. Height 31 cm.

A very large Japanese cloisonne charger c.1900 decorated with a peacock, cranes amongst flowers and bamboo. Diameter 61 cm.

A Chinese cloisonne censer bowl in the Qing manner, the squat waisted cloisonne censer bowl with floral embellishments upon a blue ground, having panels of Oriental/Islamic script in relief to the body, with raised strap handles and upon tripod feet; beari

A Chinese cloisonne lidded bowl, blue ground with decoration of birds and floral branches, on stand. Diameter 22 cm

Oriental cloisonne diamond shaped pot, together with oriental tennis saucer, the other with saucer and plate

Vintage cloisonne charger, with tree & blossom decoration on a blue ground, 30 cm diameter approx.

A Chinese cloisonne dragon bowl on a carved stand. Height 6.5 cm. Diameter 20 cm

A Japanese cloisonne fruit bowl, late 19th/early 20th century decorated with flowers and leaves. Dia. 27 cm

A Japanese cloisonne plate, decorated with a small bird amongst berries and leaves. Dia. 30 cm

Cloisonne ash tray & bowl in black, approx 14.5 cm diameter and smaller (2)