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 cloisonne exotic pheasants on wooden stands, 45.5 cm high. Provenance: Lawsons, The Bill & Eileen Cammack Collection, Part II (Art lots only), Sydney, 19/10/2014

A Chinese cloisonne candle holder in the shape of a seated ram, Qianlong four-character incised mark, with hinged saddle revealing a candle spike, length 10 cm

A pair of cloisonne peach boxes late Qing Dynasty, circa 1900, each auspiciously modelled in peach form, with applied bat shaped stem, 4.5 cm high, 9 cm wide

A rare pair of cloisonne enamelled porcelain jars Takeuchi Chubei, Meiji period (1868-1912), 19th century, two ovoid covered jars of porcelain over-enamelled in yellow and decorated in wire with wave-design roundels in blue and white, HO-o (phoenix like cr

French, Japanese export cloisonne enamel tazza / centre piece with later mounts, 33 cm diameter x 9 cm high

Chinese glass and cloisonne flower ornament, orange flowers in blue cloisonne pot. Height 35 cm

A pair of Japanese cloisonne cups and saucers, Meiji period, late 19th to early 20th century, the cups and saucers both decorated with patterned and floral mons and scalloped and cloud roundels in colours upon a black wire scrolled ground. Height 5 cm, (cu

A pair of Chinese cloisonne enamel figures of deer, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the lovely standing figures, with their heads turned, one facing to the left, the other to the right in mirror image, finely cast with gilt metal antlers, ears and hoofs. Their b

Chinese enamel cloisonne horse figure, prancing horse with gilded saddlery. on wooden stand. height 27 cm.

Good Chinese cloisonne cup and saucer, with serpent handles, 11.7 cm diameter

Two Chinese cloisonne mounted birds, on timber bases, both signed, 23 cm long

A Chinese cloisonne tripod censer, a censer of compressed form with a pierced dome lid surmounted by a recumbent qilin, addorsed twin lion handles and raised on cabriole lion's paw feet with figural mounts, decorated with flowers and scrolling forms in

Two vintage Chinese cloisonne ginger jars, with chrysanthemum decoration, height 10 cm

A persian style cloisonne ewer, early 20th century, 32.5 cm high

Two early large Chinese cloisonne bowls, with bird and floral decoration, on three figural feet, diameter 26 cm

Two Chinese cloisonne lidded jars, on timber stands, 14 cm high

A pair of Chinese cloisonne seated pandas, on wooden stands, early 20th century, 30 cm high

A Chinese cloisonne wagon and four horses, on stand, 20th century, including the stand 32 cm high, 68 cm wide, 45 cm deep

French, Japanese export cloisonne enamel tazza / centre piece with later mounts, approx 33 cm dia x 9 cm high

A large Chinese bronze and cloisonne enamel open vessel, on a turquoise blue ground, 19th/century, with double open handles, height 22 cm, diameter 32 cm

A bronze cloisonne incense burner, the bulbous body with curved out-Stretched arms, 20th century, a pierced cover with a lion dog knop, raised on three animal head legs, height 27 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne Meiping shaped lidded jars with gilt lotus Knops, on fitted stands, 20th century, height 16 cm

A pair of Chinese turquoise cloisonne long Legged water birds, 19th/20th century, the metal inlaid with arabesque scrolling in multi coloured enamels and highlighted in gilt, the wings lift off, height 36 cm

Chinese cloisonne jardiniere, of baluster form, decorated with a border of lotus and peony scroll, in tones of blue, red, green and white, 21 cm x 23 cm

Chinese cloisonne dish, of circular form, decorated with flowering branch and butterflies, in tones of white, brown and yellow on a blue ground, diameter 10.1 cm

Chinese cloisonne censor, of baluster form, decorated with cartouches of birds and flowers, in tones of blue red and green, the whole raised on three ruyi feet, height 8.1 cm, width 10.2 cm

Chinese cloisonne box and cover, in the form of a bird, in tones of blue, green and white, length 7.8 cm

Chinese cloisonne bird, with taoist patterning in tones of blue, pink, green and white, length 7.8 cm

A Chinese carved jade and cloisonne bracelet, The jade and cloisonne of late Qing to Republic period, some parts possibly later, 18.5 cm wide (extended), 8.5 cm long. Provenance: Perth private collection, acquired privately for $8000 in 2008, hence by desc

Cloisonne pair of Mandarin ducks with removable covers, the hen with front & underbelly in white & multi coloured flight feathers, the drake similar, distinguished by his crest & the raised colourful plumage on his sides, on fitted carved timbe

Quality 19th century Oriental cloisonne lidded ginger jar on three legs

Early Japanese cloisonne melon shaped jardenier decorated with flowers, birds and butterflies

High quality small cloisonne shallow dish decorated with a central character surrounded in fruit and foliage (interesting seal to the base)

A Chinese cloisonne & enamel cricket cage, a domed roof above the square base, Republic period, height 14 cm. Provenance: the collection of a retired airline executive

A Chinese cloisonne cricket cage in the shape of a peach, Republic period, height 8 cm. Provenance: the collection of a retired airline executive