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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Large Chinese 'Peacock & Floral' cloisonne charger, on ornate floral carved timber stand, width 52 cm

Chinese cloisonne bowl, on hardwood stand, 20.5 cm diameter

Japanese cloisonne charger, of circular form, decorated with birds perched amongst flowering branches, in tones of white, pink and green, on a light blue ground, a/f, diameter 30.5 cm

Cloisonne Oriental bowl decorated with scale work and flowers

Cloisonne bowl with carved Stone / Jade tree, approx 25 cm high

A 19th century cloisonne plate. Japanese cloisonne display plate with, central circular medallion featuring Phoenix, six border panels depicting butterflies & flowers, diameter 18 cm

A pair of Chinese cloisonne chargers, 20th century, decorated in colours with birds and butterflies, 30 cm diameter

A Chinese cloisonne 'qilin' charger, 35.5 cm diam. Provenance: Western Australia private collection, acquired locally during the 1990s

Large green Japanese cloisonne bowl, on timber stand, D21 cm approx

Cloisonne bowl on stand with floral decoration on a blue ground, 20.5 cm diameter approx

A large and impressive Japanese cloisonne charger, the centre decorated with peacocks, cranes, peony roses and bamboo on a blue ground, the border in conforming floral decoration. diameter 60.5 cm

Large Chinese cloisonne bowl decorated with butterfly and blossoms, diameter 3 cm approx

Large round Cloisonne lidded bowl with butterfly and lotus decoration, diameter 25 cm approx

A Chinese cloisonne bowl, 20th century, with lion form handles, height 8.5 cm, diameter 12.5 cm

Vintage Japanese cloisonne charger some loss of enamel, 31 cm diameter approx.

Vintage cloisonne multi coloured bowl with dragon decoration, 25 cm diameter

A very large Chinese cloisonne enamel dragon charger, 19th century, decorated with vibrant 'Doucai' enamels to the interior of the plate and depicting the auspicious nine dragons. A principle Imperial five-clawed yellow dragon is surrounded by another eigh

A Meiji period (1868-1911) period, cloisonn? plate decorated with a flying crane and flowering branches 43 cm wide.

A pair of Chinese cloisonne chargers, Qing Dynasty, later 19th century, in hues of teal, navy, aqua and green, each depicting a dramatically posed bird of prey with white egrets amidst iris, paulownia blooms and willow, bordered with alternate hemispherica

Vintage Cloisonne floral display plate, width 24.5 cm approx

A very large Japanese cloisonne charger c.1900 decorated with a peacock, cranes amongst flowers and bamboo. Diameter 61 cm.

Oriental cloisonne diamond shaped pot, together with oriental tennis saucer, the other with saucer and plate

Vintage cloisonne charger, with tree & blossom decoration on a blue ground, 30 cm diameter approx.

A Japanese cloisonne plate, decorated with a small bird amongst berries and leaves. Dia. 30 cm

Cloisonne ash tray & bowl in black, approx 14.5 cm diameter and smaller (2)

Alabaster table box, Egyptian obelisk and a cloisonne plate, box approx 9 cm high, 19 cm wide (3)

Pair of Chinese black ground cloisonne vases, small bowl, a vase and another bowl (5)

Two Chinese cloisonne items. Vase & bowl. Traditional decoration. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Height 18 cm (vase)