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

A Chinese cloisonné, cylindrical shaped cricket cage, Republic period, height 13.5 cm. Provenance: the collection of a retired airline executive

A large two story cloisonné cricket cage, with impressed mark to base, the songs from insects has been written about for centuries, a cricket club was established in Shanghai in 1885 for collecting & showing off their specimens, height 23 cm, length 23 cm.

Chinese Jade & hard stone bonsai in a cloisonne pot, approx 54 cm high

Cloisonne crane. Decorated with auspicious symbols, white ground, brass legs, height 72 cm

A pair of cloisonne temple horses. Decorated with dragons, flaming pearls & auspicious symbols, on a light blue ground, the saddle a bright green ground, height 81 cm

Pair square sided cloisonne urns baluster bodies decorated with bold chrysanthemum design, 30.5 cm height

A fine Oriental cloisonne Korot with two handles, pierced cover and dragon finial

A Japanese cloisonne tea set for six, circa 1900, the teapot 14 cm high

Chinese cloisonne swan figure, finely decorated with red, green, black and blue scrolling motifs on a turquoise ground, on wooden stand, height 40 cm width 60 cm. Provenance: Property of a Lady, Sarah J. Conger Nee Pike, wife of the American Ambassador in

Pair antique Chinese cloisonne ewers polychrome enamel florals with ornate gilt dragon handles (faults), 24 cm height

A Chinese bronze incense burner, modelled as a phoenix with cloisonne wings, height 17 cm length 25 cm

A pair of cloisonne enamel bird-form censers, 19th/20th century, (2), each standing on long legs with head raised facing forward, the detachable wings forming the cover, decorated in colours on the turquoise ground with stylised bird and scroll motifs, the

A Chinese cloisonn? covered box, marks to base. 10 cm high.

Chinese cloisonne lidded trinket box, decorated with red, white and yellow flowers, 12 x 8.5 cm, 7.5 cm high

A pair of Chinese cloisonne circular lidded boxes, 19/20th century, the brass & copper wires on a midnight blue ground & the other turquoise blue ground with 100 antiques pattern., height 5 cm

Vintage Japanese cloisonne jardiniere with butterflies & blossom decoration, 18 cm diameter approx

Large vintage Chinese cloisonne frog figure on a rosewood timber stand, width 25 cm approx. (stand as found)

Early Chinese jadeite tree. In cloisonne pot. Height 20 cm

Pair of Chinese cloisonne jardinieres, the central band decorated with a scene of scholars crossing a bridge in relief (2) (A/F), height 22.5 cm diameter 30 cm

Chinese antique cloisonne lidded round box Shou symbol to the lid 9.8 cm high

Blue cloisonne necklace with silver gilt clasp, size: approx 60 cm in length

Green cloisonne necklace, size: approx 61 cm in length

Pair large cloisonne mantel urns decorated with blossom, bamboo & birds on sky blue ground, 32 cm height (faults)

Chinese plique-a-jour pierced cloisonne lidded jar and stand

A pair of Chinese cloisonne dogs of Fo, 20th century, with Buddhist emblems to the body, bearing marks to base, length 28 cm

A Chinese jade tree in a cloisonne pot, 20th century, modelled naturalistically with flourishing white jade petals, vibrant hard stone stamen and large green jade leaves, in a cloisonne pot, approximately 50 cm high, Provenance: purchased from the jade gal

A Chinese cloisonne teapot, the baluster body decorated with vibrant floral enamels flanked by a scolled ebony side handle, below a hinged conical lid with a hardstone finial, a four character mark to base, 20.5 cm high

A large Chinese cloisonne 'Dragon' handles, Qianlong four-character embossed mark, baring a Christie's label, 54 cm high. Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired from a local estate in the 1990s, Hampshire private collection

A pair of cloisonne scrolling lotus' cups, 6 cm high (2). Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired in Beijing during 1940s or 1950s

Chinese melon shaped baby blue ground cloisonne lidded urn with two handles, decorated to one side with dragons chasing a green gilt decorated ball & the other with intertwined pheonix. Condition good, loose finial & handles. Height 26 cm

A Chinese glass & semi-precious stone Bonsai, 20th century, in a blue enamel cloisonne planter, height 38 cm

A pair of large Chinese cloisonne censers, late 19th century/early 20th century, 37 cm high. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A Chinese cloisonne teapot squat circular shape with a brass loop handle, decorated with stylised lotus and tendrils, some cloisonne with enamel, some empty showing the copper ground. Height 18 cm

Two Cloisonne enamel hinged covered boxes, Meiji period (1868-1912). One with a bird in a maple tree, Hayashi Kodenji mark to base, the other with several mon decorated with flowers and mythic creatures, 5.5 x 12 x 9.8 cm. Provenance: R & V Tregaskis

A pair of Chinese cloisonne Quail, 20th century. Turquoise enamel with feathers picked out in red, black, yellow, cobalt blue & black, gilt beak& eet. Height 11 cm, L. 8 cm

A unusual Chinese cloisonne tea cup on stand, transparent coloured glass body with brass bordering. Total height 6.5 cm