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Subject:Chinese sparkly cloisonné jar
Posted By: Brett Tue, Oct 10, 2017 IP: 2600:1:f454:1ac1:b9f

I have bought quite a few cloisonné pieces, but none had had the metallic glisten that this one has. Did they use gold flakes mixed in the enamel? It looks like silver wire and the bronze looks like it's got some age. I would think at the very least early 20th century. Any thoughts from those experienced with cloisonné? Thanks for the help.






Subject:Japanese, 1880s onward
Posted By: beadiste Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Maybe a little incense "koro" that once upon a time had a lid?

The type of glass is called "goldstone" or "aventurine," and usually involves colloidal copper particles. Tricky to make. Fredric Schneider, in his book The Art of Japanese Cloisonne Enamel, discusses the various methods for creating goldstone enamels, noting that the most common creates an amber translucent enamel, hence the Japanese name "chakin-seki" or "tea gold."

It pretty much instantly brands a piece as Japanese, as the Chinese didn't produce goldstone enamels until probably around the 1960s, and the glitter in Chinese enamel is minute, more like dust.

Subject:Re: Japanese, 1880s onward
Posted By: Brett Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Thanks, Beadiste. I have been busy the last few days so I forgot to thank you, but I appreciate the information.

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Subject:Re: Chinese sparkly cloisonné jar
Posted By: Brett Wed, Oct 11, 2017

I should have probably checked through the forum first before posting. I checked around some cloisonne posts here and have found that it's called aventurine or goldstone. It is probably a Japanese piece dated after 1880, but most likely Meiji period.


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