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 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
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
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
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
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
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