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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Pair of cloisonne vases, each approx 30 cm high including stands (2)

Decorative Oriental twin handled cloisonne vase, approx 43 cm high

Pair of Cloisonne vases, each approx 35 cm high including stand (2)

Large Oriental cloisonne vase, approx 92 cm high including base

Pair of decorative Chinese cloisonne enamel vases, each approx 25 cm high including base (2)

Pair of good Japanese cloisonne 'Crane' vases, on timber stands, height 14 cm approx

A Chinese cloisonne vase, a high shouldered and lobed bulbous vase with wireworked stylised flowers in colours with green scrollwork upon a turquoise ground, with ruyi borders to the base and to the petite neck; bearing a bordered Kangxi mark in relief und

A mirror pair of very large cloisonne vases with Buddhist subjects. Chinese pair of very large mirror image cloisonne baluster vases on custom wooden stands. The body of the vases has depictions of the eighteen disciples of the Buddha (Luohans) who are sai

A large Chinese cloisonne vase, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century, the baluster vase with a waisted carinate collar and neck, with a broad rollover rim and a waisted lower section, with applied ring handles with butterfly mounts, the body part decorated with

Pair of enamelled cloisonne vases, 31 cm high, one top out of shape

A good Japanese cloisonne vase, with fine peacock decoration on a yellow ground, 15 cm high approx.

A Japanese baluster cloisonne vase, the blue ground with exotic long birds and peach toned florals, repeating patterned borders. Height 31 cm

A Chinese cloisonne ' Yuhuchun ' vase, early 20th century, decorated with peony, plum blossom and chrysanthemum motifs, gilt copper mounts, 31.6 cm high, with old stand. Provenance: Private old Melbourne collection

A large cloisonne baluster shape vase, 20th century, birds nesting in a cherry blossom on the front & the reverse with a blue peony, on a taupe ground, height 40 cm

A lapis blue cloisonne vase with a large Flowering Magnolia & Prunus branch, 20th century, a bulbous form with a short neck, brass wire with enamel on stand, height 17 cm

Sato cloisonne Gimbari red ground vase enamelled with Tsubaki flowers on a floral ginbari foil background, having a copper rim & a silver plated foot, stamped 'Japan Sato Cloisonne'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 18 cm

Japanese cloisonne vase. Blossom decoration on red ground.

Pair of early Japanese cloisonne vases. Butterfly, bird & blossom decoration on black ground.

Japanese cloisonne autumn leaves vase, marked Sato to silver plated rim base, H12.5 cm approx

Pair of good Japanese cloisonne vases, with flower and butterfly decorations, on carved timber stand , H15 cm approx (no stand)

Pair of good large Japanese cloisonne vases, with flower and butterfly decorations, on carved timber stand , H22 cm approx (no stand)

A fine quality Chinese basse-taille cloisonne vase, ovoid with short neck, pink and white roses on a rich red ground with bird and bamboo. Height 18.5 cm

A pair of Japanese cloisonne enamel vases decorated in shades of brown, Rust & gold, Taisho period, the design a profusion of flower petals, brass wires with gilt wash at the mouth & turquoise foot, height 32 cm

Small Chinese cloisonne vase with floral decoration, 12 cm high approx

Japanese cloisonne vase with rose floral pattern on a dark blue ground, 24.5 cm high

Early Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with flowers, foliage and gold inclusions, 18 cm high

Decorative Oriental cloisonne twin handled vase, approx 30 cm high

A pair of cinnabar style vases and a cloisonne vase, the waisted baluster vases with trumpet necks with black scrolling and vegetal forms upon a red diaper ground; and a rich mottled green wired cloisonne baluster vase decorated with flowers and butterflie

A fine pair of Japanese cloisonne vases, Meiji period, 19th century, the baluster pair with birds perched in loquat branches amidst trailing morning glory and dianthus in dusky pink, grey and green tonings upon a lemon ground, bronze trimmed to the rims. H

Japanese cloisonne vase. Blossom decoration on red ground. Height 12 cm

Large Chinese cloisonne vase. Hexagonal, with panels depicting birds and blossoms. Height 77 cm

A Meiji period cloisonne vase of baluster form, bright yellow with foliage on stand, overall height 37 cm

A Japanese cloisonne red enamel vase, Meiji period 1868, 1912. Depicting birds and bamboo trees against a red silver, foil ground. Height 30.5 cm

A Japanese cloisonne silver wire enamel vase, mid 20th century. Depicting flowers against a pale light green ground. Height 21.5 cm

A Japanese Plique-a-jour cloisonne vase with, carved stand. Depicting bird amongst foliage, signed mark to base, note: AF damage to upper rim. Height 15 cm (without stand)