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Intricate Cloisonne Vase
I came upon this cloisonne vase. I feel it has very detailed wiring. The more I have looked at it the more impressed I am by the design. It's the two dragons going for the pearl, etc. I imagine it is a 20th century example, but I do not know cloisonne very well at all. I also found the monochrome aspect to be interesting, as most of the cloisonne I have seen is not that way. it has some good weight to it as well. I take horrible pictures anyhow, but this was a bit of a nightmare to try and photograph. I tried to get enough shots so you can hopefully get the general idea. I will get some better pictures in the daylight at a later time. But until then, I look forward to hearing what you all think of it. Thanks! John
Hard to be certain from these pictures but this might not be cloisonne in the traditional chinese sense , where wires were welded to a bronze /copper alloy surface and then filled with enamels. The traditional technique meant the enamels had to ground down after firing to get a smooth surface, and you would variations and imperfections .
Here on your vase, it could have been enamelled and wires laid in the surface enamel before firing , so there is no later work of grinding. The 'cloison' is an enclosure for the enamel, but the gold wires on this vase look purely decorative , rather than containing the enamel.
I have seen this kind of monochrome blue and gold copper on dishes and table items from the 1920s or so, so I feel your item dates to around then.
@tam18 Thank you for those insights. What would be the imperfections I should look for that would tip me off as to how it was made? There is some pitting that I have grown accustomed to seeing in cloisonne pieces, so perhaps that is an indicator? Also, when magnified I feel I can see almost very faint grain going around the enamel as though it was sanded down and polished. I see a similar thing on other cloisonne pieces I have so maybe that is always present.
@tam18 What do you think of this one for a comp? The detail of the work, composition, and color seem very alike. If the seller had it dated correctly perhaps this is a bit older and goes back to the 19th C.
According to W.F Alexander and Donald Keith Gerber the Clouds Shape on your vase was used between 1820 and 1920.
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