Other, Vases, Cloisonne, Japanese

Beautifully matched pair of fairly modern Chinese cloisonné vases (ca. 1980). Each measures 3-1/2" at opening, 12-1/4" tall, 5-3/4" at widest part, and 3-1/2" base.

A History of Japanese Cloisonne

Cloisonné is a way of enamelling an object, (typically made of copper) whereby fine wires are used to delineate the decorative areas (cloisons in French, hence cloisonné) into which enamel paste is applied before the object is fired and polished.

The Japanese characters used for the word shippō (the Japanese term for enamelware) mean 'Seven Treasures'. which is a reference to the seven treasures mentioned in Buddhist texts. Although these treasures may vary, they generally included at least some of the following: gold, silver, emerald, coral, agate, lapis lazuli, giant clamshell, glass and pearl. The Japanese applied this expression to the rich colours found on Chinese enamel wares and later to those they made themselves.

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