Metal Vintage Oriental Chinese Handmade Cloisonne Cup 75mm x 50mm Flower & Cloud - Blue
Metal Vintage Oriental Chinese Handmade Cloisonne Cup 75mm x 50mm Flower & Cloud - White
This his handmade and each design is unique and only come with 1 pcs
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or affixing silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In the Byzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewellery, and by then always using enamel. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day.
The Making of Cloisonné
Cloisonne is a comprehensive art that involves technologies in fine arts, craft, carving, embedding, metallurgy and glass melting etc. The making process of cloisonne is elaborate and complicated, including a dozen or so procedures. The main steps are designing, base hammering, filigree soldering, enamel filling, enamel firing, polishing and gildingetc. Among these steps, filigree soldering and enamel filling are two critical procedures that define the uniqueness of cloisonne ware.
The step of filigree soldering is a procedure in which the craftsman uses nippers to form pressed thin copper wires into various exquisite patterns and adheres the copper strips onto the copper body through high-temperature heating.
Enamel filling is a procedure in which the craftsman applies all kinds of enamel powder materials on the little compartments separated by filigrees before melting the materials with 800 centigrade degreed heat into a smooth surface. Several times of enamel heating are needed to make the copper strips even with the enamel surface. Thus, the vessel is covered with an elegant and brightly colored coat.