In the past, cloisonne pieces were reserved for the court and their Emperor or for using in the temple. It was considered too ‘royal’ for the regular household. These days, you can collect cloisonne antiques and enjoy looking at these works of art while at the same time knowing that they are things of great value. In addition, cloisonne pieces that are authentic antiques appreciate in value as the years go by. These make them a wonderful heirloom to leave for your children and a great investment to boot!
When collecting cloisonne antiques, a good idea would be to find pieces such as bowls, tea pots, plates, statues, bottles, statues, boxes and vases. You can find cloisonne enable bowls from the Ming Dynasty that use enamel in nine different colors as well as incense burners that use Chinese cloisonne enamel from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries.
When looking for cloisonne antiques, you need to know how to tell if they are real or fake. Cloisonne pieces that are unusually heavy indicate the use of resin that has been molded, which means these are not authentic antiques. Air bubbles that indicate molded pieces are another red flag in carved pieces. Nicks of knives on items that have been carved are a sign of authenticity.
On the other hand, corroded metal cloisonne or bronze pieces can be an indication of distressing using chemicals. You need to look for dirty pieces as well such as porcelain, as these are somewhat easy to clean and dirt can be a sign of trying to fake something. Wood that is old gets dark with age and so dark wood can mean true aging. Real pieces of silver have hallmarks and engravings that indicate authenticity and these are cataloged extensively to help the process of authentication.
An ancient metalwork decorating technique, cloisonne uses vitreous enamel in centuries past and for older pieces, used cut gemstone inlays, glass and other similar materials. The objects resulting are also called cloisonne and if they are antiques, then the correct term is ‘cloisonne antique.’ This type of decor is first formed by adding cloisons, a French word for ‘compartments’ to the object that is metal by adhering or soldering gold or silver wires and thin strips on the edges. These stay visible in the pieces that are finished, and separate the various compartments of inlays in many different colors. Enamel cloisonne techniques are created using a paste made of powdered enamel which becomes kiln-fired.
This was the same technique used to make jewelry and small weapons. In the empire Byzantine, wires which were thinner were utilized to let more image pictures become produced, used for images of religion or jewelry. By the fourteenth century, this techniques using enamel spread to China were it was utilized for bigger antiques such as vases and bowls. This was a common Chinese techniques used to this day. From the eighteenth century, styles derived from China were produced in the West using enamel cloisonne techniques.