Large pair of Chinese cloisonné enamel vases
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Large pair of ovoid body vases in cloisonnée enamel with butterflies, flowers and foliage on turquoise ground. Great condition.
Size: H 39cm – diameter of body 19cm
China, late 19th century.
Lit: A decorative handicraft technique for working enamel, in which thin strips of metal are welded into a pattern on a metal surface. The resulting compartments called partitions are filled with coloured enamel and then fired. The technique probably developed in the Middle East in Byzantine art and was exported to Europe and Asia. Cloisonné vases and brooches were made in Europe in the Middle Ages, but the technique was improved in Japan and China in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.