The Art of Cloisonné

Examples of Cloisonné at Leeds Museums

These are all examples of Cloisonné objects on display at Leeds Museums and Galleries. The objects were donated to us and now form part of the displays at Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam House, just as very similar objects would once have been on display.

Cloisonné Peacock, Temple Newsam House, circa 1800–1899

A two legged bird figure, supposedly a peacock, with cloisonné enamel decoration, especially on the wings and tail. A lid covers the upper body and wings, sitting loosely over body, and leaving a gap for incense to escape. The bird has very long legs, a long curved neck, crests on the top of its head and down the back of its neck. The cloisonné enamel is in white, blue, red, green and yellow, with linear and fret patterns on the wings and peacock eye patterns on the tail.

Pair of Vases, Lotherton Hall, circa 1860–1910

Situated at Lotherton Hall, as part of the 'Chinese Treasures' Exhibition, this pair of cloisonné vases has a beautiful design of peony flowers and a bird flying on a blue ground over most of the body, the lobed panel above on its neck, and below, near the base. They have a shoulder band of orange, green, red and yellow butterflies.

Cloisonné Lid, Temple Newsam, circa 1850-1910

This cloisonné lid was found without an accompanying container. It has openwork sides in darker blues and red medallions with swastika symbols. The upper band has a turquoise background of peony flowers and the lid top is decorated with a raised dragon head and dragon body in low relief.

Cloisonné Vase, Lotherton Hall, circa 1736-1795

Again, the cloisonné enamel decorates the vase with lotus flowers, badges emblematical of longevity and other emblems on a turquoise blue ground. It has two dragon handles and three locks in the form of monster's heads with protruding tongues. There is also a knob on the cover with birds amongst clouds.


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