Vintage and Antique Cloisonne

Though the word is French, cloisonné refers to a form of decorative art usually associated with China or Japan, although it probably originated in Turkey or ancient Mesopotamia. In cloisonné, metal filaments of gold or copper are soldered to a metal surface to create tiny compartments, or cloisons, that are then filled with ground enamel. The cloisonné object—be it a vase, sword fitting, or piece of architectural hardware—is then fired,...Continue Reading