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Subject:Dating a Cloisonne Plate, Value?
Posted By: Margaret Thu, Jul 27, 2017 IP:

I have an antique Cloisonne Plate that I help with dating and ascertaining the value. The workmanship is excellent both in the quality of the enamel and the colors, there are bronze/copper flecks in the center behind the Phoenix Bird. It is on a bronze base and is quite a bit lighter in weight than the more modern versions. Condition is very good with only one small spot of air bubbles by a Dragon's tale. It measures 9 5/8" in diameter. There is an old paper label on the back, I show it both ways.

Posted By: beadiste Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Circa 1900? I'm not expert enough in Japanese cloisonne to determine the exact decade either size of that date, but the aventurine (goldstone) enamel (around the central phoenix, the enamel with the glittery copper bits), according to Fredric Schneider, in his book The Art of Japonese Cloisonne Enamel, was often referred to as "tea gold" and came into use approximately around 1880 and afterward.

Cool that your plate still has its label. It would be nice if another forum member literate in Japanese could translate it.

Plates like this are fairly frequent on eBay, you might browse the Sold listings for a search on "Japanese cloisonne" to see typical values, which seem to vary between $75 and $300, with exceptions at either end of the scale. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |