Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Cloisonné Enamel

Depicted from Origins of Chinese Art and Craft
        Cloisonné enamel is a unique form of art. Originating from Beijing, the earliest cloisonné enamel came from the Yuan Dynasty. It has been around for at least 1,000 years. Cloisonné enamel’s popularity peaked in the Ming Dynasty. During the Jingtai reign of the Ming Dynasty, artisans discovered a deep blue glaze which made the most beautiful wares. As such, people called the arm form jing tai lan.
        Cloisonné enamel was exclusive to the royalty. It was a symbol of one’s power and status. Cloisonné enamel was found in many items such as containers of worship, crockery, wash basins etc. It was also seen in furniture and screens. Cloisonné enameled bangles and earrings also became fashionable accessories. Cloisonné enamel was also commonly given away as gifts.

Making Cloisonné Enamel

  1. Bronze forms the base of the utensil or ware.
  2. The finer bronze strips are pinched to form different patterns.
  3. The patterns are welded to the bronze base.
  4. Different types of coloured enamel are used to fill in the colour.
  5. The piece is then fired a few times to secure the enamel. It is then polished and plated with gold. 

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