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Subject:Cloisonné jar
Posted By: Adriano Sun, May 14, 2017 IP:

I got this jar at a thrift store time ago.
From the style of the support metal, I suppose it is a Peking production.
What I can see are signs of use and some pitting on the enamel.
I wonder if it is a vintage production, I mean before 1960’, or a quite recent item.

Thank you and Best Regards,

Subject:Motifs consistent with c1960
Posted By: beadiste Mon, May 15, 2017

But whether it's toward the 1950s side or the 1970s side, not easy to say.

I think I'd lean toward 1970s, merely because exports seemed to have expanded after Nixon's visit. Many of the older pre-WWII craftsmen were still hanging on, to be consolidated into the Beijing Enamel Factory in 1958; they likely continued to work until retiring in the early 1980s. Thus it seems possible that these older motifs could have been continued into the 1980s.

It's a cheerful and attractive little jar, don't you think?

Subject:But a case could be made for 1950s-60s
Posted By: beadiste Tue, May 16, 2017

Or even earlier, if there was a paper label instead of "CHINA" enameled or stamped into the base, or if the jar was not made for export.

So, shall we just say "mid-20th century?"

Subject:Re: Motifs consistent with c1960
Posted By: Adriano Tue, May 16, 2017

Yes, I like this jar very much.
Thank you Beadiste for your instructive considerations.

Best Regards,

Subject:Flower bud wiring styles in Chinese 20th century cloisonne
Posted By: beadiste Wed, May 17, 2017

An analysis from a few years ago:

By the time cloud and flower bud motifs became standardized for the production line in the 1970s, the style of bud and cloud motifs displayed on your jar seem to have mostly disappeared.

Subject:Re: Flower bud wiring styles in Chinese 20th century cloisonne
Posted By: Adriano Thu, May 18, 2017

Your comments are always teaching to me.

Thank you again Beadiste,

Subject:Re: Cloisonné jar
Posted By: AO Tue, Jun 13, 2017

If in Beijing you decide to take a bus tour to the Great Wall, one of the places they will stop is at a bunch of cloisonne-making places and shops that seem to knock off just about anything. Sorry to say this, but that jar looks like it was produced last week at one of those places. Just focusing on the motif says little, because those guys whack just about anything on their product ... nothing to tell them they should have stopped in the 1970s. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |