History and Value of Vintage Chinese Cloisonne VaseDiscussion in ' Metalware ' started by Abegweit , Aug 3, Log in or Sign up. Antiques Board. Given the workmanship required, I have a whole new appreciation for these pieces. What I have not been able to discover is whether it is Chinese or Japanese. Looking at the many images online I only became more confused.
Most existing Byzantine enamels have soldered cloisons, however the use of solder to adhere the cloison wires has fallen out of favor due to its difficulty, with the exception of some "purist contemporary enamellists" who create fine watch faces and high quality very expensive jewelry.
Instead of soldering the cloisons to the base metal, the base metal is fired with a thin layer of clear enamel. The gum burns off, leaving no residue.
Cloisonne origin / date help
Vitreous enamels in the different colors are ground to fine powders in an agate or porcelain mortar and pestle, then washed to remove the impurities that would discolor the fired enamel.
These ingredients are melted together, forming a glassy frit which is ground again before application.
Each color of enamel is prepared this way before it is used and then mixed with a very dilute solution of gum tragacanth. Using fine spatulas, brushes or droppers, the enameler places the fine colored powder into each cloison.
The piece is left to dry completely before firing, which is done by putting the article, with its enamel fillings, in a kiln. The enamel in the cloisons will sink down a lot after firing, due to melting and shrinkage of the granular nature of the glass powder, much as sugar melting in an oven.
This process is repeated until all cloisons are filled to the top of the wire edge. The finishing method determines this final appearance.
This gives each color area the appearance of slightly rounded mounds. After all the cloisons are filled the enamel is ground down to a smooth surface with lapidary equipment, using the same techniques as are used for polishing cabochon stones.
The Dorestad Brooch, c. Gold, glass, almandinepearls, and enamel. Shrine with an Image of a Bodhisattva— Pectoral of Senusret IIfrom his daughter's grave. Visigothic 6th-century eagle- fibulafrom Spain with glass-paste inlay. Plaque with Saint Peter showing the unique transitional technique of the Holy Crown of Hungary see text. Kyoto Cloisonne Enamel, Namikawa Yasuyuki — Japan Kyoto Cloisonne Enamel Vase th—th.
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Cloisonne is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. In recent centuries . The plaques with apostles of around the latter date on the Holy Crown of Hungary show a unique transitional phase, where the base plaque has . But don’t be fooled, modern cloisonne is worth very little compared to antique examples. The metal base of a cloisonne piece is layered with compartments that originally held either a powder of crushed gemstone or crushed glass to create the enamel. During the Ming dynasty in China. Hello Besides an antique Chinese soy jug and a silk picture, I was not familiar with what this item was, only learning after some research that it.
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Cloisonne Prices Depend on Age and Design. Other earlier fakes abound, dating to the 19th century. Most typical are shallow trays and plates with bird. Chinese and Japanese cloisonne can be similar, but there are The condition of the gilding is important in dating a Chinese cloisonne. Gilding. Cloisonne is not my area of expertise so I figured I would post some photos Do you have any guess as to a possible date range it could have.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Chinese enameled and gilt candlestick from the 18th or 19th century, Qing dynasty. See also Egyptian faience. There are disputes as to whether, or when, such materials were fired with the object, or fired separately first and then cut into pieces to be inlaid like gems.
It seems both methods may have been used. Dark-age Britain: Studies Presented to E.
Methuen — via Google Books. Retrieved 2 April See also Dillon ref below. Archived from the original on Retrieved Courier Corporation. Enamels, Enameling, Enamelists.
Chilton Book Company. Wakefield Press. Hesse Jewelrymaking Through History: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. Draw plate File Hammer Mandrel Pliers. Gold Palladium Platinum Rhodium Silver. Will have to research more on the matter. What do you mean by poor enameling? If not wrong,it is more common to see older pieces with spotty coloring and pitting on the enamels, resulting from firing temperatures, rather than on newer ones.
What bothers me is that the gilding is too shiny and the old pieces should have some worn offs.
So, I guess I will have to do a little bit more research to figure was it made yestarday, 70's, 50's, early 's, late 's I was also wondering if the stepped bases on the vases were common for certain period or they have been made this way during different periods.
No idea if that is correct. The enameling is not bad on this one -- I've seen way sloppier stuff. I am not even sure if that is copper or brass. Very often they will use copper and then gild it.
There may be some truth in what some one told you but I find it hard to find sources clarifying the matter. And then what does it mean generally older.
The history of Japanese cloisonne
Like brass is 20th century and copper 19th or brass is 19th and 20th and copper 18th and older? My best guess would be Chinese, ss, based on items I bought in the 80s and the great info on this site I don't know when it was first used. I actually thought my vases were made in Japan until I saw similar items on that site. Pat PJul 29, Show Ignored Content. Draft saved Draft deleted.Cloisonne / Jingtailan
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