The Art of Cloisonné


  1. Decorative enamelwork in which metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object to outline a design that is filled in with enamel paste
  2. The art or process of producing such enamelwork

Enamel - A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish

Filigree - Delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire

Yuan Dynasty - the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368

Saltpetre -
the form of potassium nitrate - KNO3 - that occurs naturally, used in the manufacture of fireworks, fluxes and gunpowder

Kiln - a furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying something, especially one for firing pottery, calcining limestone, or baking bricks

Lustre -
shininess or brightness 


To find out more about the art of cloissone , try some of the website links at the bottom of the page. 

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  • Posted by James Lorimer on 23/10/2014

    Cloisonne pieces are readily available in the West at very modest prices considering the skill and effort required in their manufacture.

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