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 fine Chinese cloisonne enamel vase, late Qing Dynasty. Depicting a five claw dragon both sides. Height 8 cm

Pair of early Japanese cloisonne vases decorated with flora and butterflies, 31 cm high approx

Vintage cloisonne & silver rimmed vase with blossom decoration, 12.5 cm high approx

Vintage pair of cloisonne vases on wooden stand, with floral decoration, height with stand 24 cm approx

Two Japanese cloisonne vases on stands, 20th century. 12 cm high

A Japanese pale blue ground cloisonne vase, Showa period, 20th century. 18 cm high

A Japanese green ground cloisonne vase, Ando workshop, Showa period, 20th century. 37 cm

A Japanese red banded cloisonne vase, Ando workshop, Showa period, 20th century. 27 cm high

A pair of Japanese yellow ground cloisonne vases, Ando workshop, Showa period, 20th century. 24 cm high

A Japanese blue ground cloisonne vase, Meiji period, early 20th century. 18 cm high

A small Japanese pink ground cloisonne vase, Showa period, 20th century. 7 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne vase, Ando workshop, 20th century. 27 cm high

A large and impressive Japanese cloisonne vase, Meiji period in the style of Hayashi Kodenji, finely decorated with sparrows amongst bamboo. 47 cm high

A Japanese grey ground cloisonne vase, Ando workshop, Showa period, 20th century. 24 cm high

A Japanese green ground cloisonne vase, Showa period, 20th century. 18 cm high

A large Japanese cloisonne on pottery vase, Meiji Period, 1868-1912 decorated with cranes between waves and clouds inscription to base. 38 cm high. Provenance: Dr Ces English, Canberra

Chinese polychrome blossom vase, together with a blue cloisonne vase, height 33 cm approx

A Japanese Inaba silver and cloisonne vase, Meiji period designed with bamboo and bird motif, sterling mounted, tablet to base signed Inaba Nanaho, late 19th century, 16.5 cm high

A Japanese cloisonne vase, red ground with floral decoration. Height 32 cm

Chinese Kumeno Teitaro cloisonne vase, decorated with carp, 12 cm high approx

Fine Japanese cloisonne trough vase on stand, with dragon decoration, 22.5 cm long approx. Provenance: Finey collection, Sydney

Chinese cloisonne double gourd vase on a green ground with lotus decoration. Height 19 cm

A pair of Chinese white ground cloisonne vases with butterfly decoration, on wooden stands. Overall height 22 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne vases with dragon and flaming pearl decoration. Height 24 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne and gilt metal bulbous vases with floral and foliate decoration. Height 24 cm

Chinese cloisonne vase, of lobed oval shape, decorated with central roundel with dragon. Provenance: The Estate of Judy Cuppaidge

Vintage Japanese green cloisonne vase a/f, measures 15.5 cm high

Blue ground cloisonne vase with iris decoration, approx 42 cm high

Japanese cloisonne pair of vases decorated with flowers on a yellow ground on carved timber stands. Height including stands 20 cm

Japanese cloisonne pair of vases with phoenix, butterfly & floral detail on carved timber stands. Height including stands 27 cm

Vintage Cloisonne vase, with blossom decoration, 18 cm high approx.

Large cloisonne vase, with chrysanthemum decoration, 24.5 cm high approx.

Pair of oriental cloisonne vases, 26.5 cm high approx. (including stand)

A fine Ando cloisonne vase, Showa period, mid 20th century, an elegant ovoid vase with a small slender neck, decorated with wired white and deep rose cymbidium orchids and foliage upon a soft olive green ground, with a white metal rim and base; with wired

A cloisonne vase, squat ovoid shape with tall trumpet neck, raised on a domed circular foot, decorated with various birds and blossoms on a blue ground, the neck decorated with swags of flowers on a darker blue ground. Height 23 cm

A cloisonne vase, of ovoid shape with trumpet neck and raised on a spreading circular foot, decorated with six panels enclosing birds and stylised foliate designs on an ochre ground, the neck decorated with flowering tendrils on a green ground. Small dent

Pair of antique cloisonne vases and stands, each approx 27 cm high with stands (2)

A Japanese cloisonne vase, Ando company mark, 20th century, 27.5 cm high, 3.2kg

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