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Cloisonne6 of 218Another small cloisonne box, this one is a bit of a mystery....Japanese Paper Weight
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    Posted 2 months ago

    truthordare
    (350 items)

    Back to my old love, Asian cloisonne antiques, because we are in the midst of a new swell of interest and much cloisonne pieces being auctioned off right now, with really great prices. Especially the Chinese cloisonne from late 19th to early 20th.

    This post is about the very worn, oxidized and discolored cloisonne from 1oo years and more production. Recently I found a small Chinese box with those issues, did not look like much, but I could see from the shape and the detail of the design, that it was a good piece initially.

    I learned to clean and reduce the amount of residue and tarnish, to improve the aesthetic again. Some might say I should leave it asis but with cloisonne, since most of the metal wires and surface metals will go black with age, unless generously applied with gold, the idea is to find out what the metal and surface was, and this will enable you to date your cloisonne item.

    Here it seems we have a copper vessel finished with silver, an open work type of floral cloisonne on the sides, and a blue medallion of pretty cloisonne on the top, with a Spring season motif. The base is silvered copper metal that was impressed with the country of provenance, CHINA.

    The interior is very odd, a broken surface of enamel that was covered with a clear acrylic substance, the top also had this finish which became cloudy when it deteriorated. Removed with a baking soda and water paste as they suggest in Japan to restore cloisonne surfaces.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Lovely cloisonne box, beautiful floral design. Good to see you Lisa :)
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      It's very beautiful!!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      It's a great resto Lisa and I can see it's beauty.
      Thanks for the tip on ow to clean!
      Happy Easter.
    4. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 months ago
      Nice job cleaning it. I would use a dab of Renaissance museum wax to help preserve the look. Nice piece...
    5. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 months ago
      I love cloisonné and I've only realised how nice it is in these past few months, yours is lovely by the way, it's so intricate and so delicate and bright
    6. truthordare truthordare, 2 months ago
      Thank you for the fine comments and the loves, CW members, always appreciated.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Love it. Thanks for the cleaning tip. I will have to sort through my pile and see if I have anything which would benefit from a light scrub...

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