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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A Chinese cloisonne snuff bottle, with incised signature to base. Height 7 cm

A fine Chinese cloisonne double gourd snuff bottle decorated with auspiscious symbols, inscribed to base. Height 8 cm

A Chinese cloisonne snuff bottle with cranes, deer and lotus and engraved mark to base. Height 6.5 cm.

A glass overlay snuff bottles and an agate snuff bottle, one overlaid in blue with cloisonne collar and coral stopper the agate applied with mother of pearl and hard stone motifs enamel worn 6.5 cm high