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Cloisonné is a unique art form that originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) and culminated during Jingtai period in the Ming Dynasty.

Overview about Cloisonné
Cloisonné is the technique of creating designs on metal object with colored-glass paste placed within enclosures made of copper or bronze wires, which have been bent or hammered into the desired pattern. This beautiful work of art was first made in the Yuan Dynasty and produced its best during Xuande period (1426-1456) of the Ming Dynasty which considered as the "golden age" of cloisonné.

Chinese cloisonné had long history since become a Silk Road commodity (traveling to China initially, then later from China to India, the Middle East and Europe). During the Ming Dynasty reign (1449-1457) of Emperor Zhu Qiyu, more commonly known as the Jingtai Emperor, Chinese cloisonné became most famous.

Chinese cloisonné is the best known enamel cloisonné in the world. A large collection of 150 Chinese cloisonné pieces is at the G.W. Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the largest outside of China. It was made magnificent, gorgeous with elegant characteristic. A variety of items in all shapes and sizes are available, including tables, stools, vases, chopsticks, earrings, candy boxes, toothpicks and smoking tools.

Beijing is the cradle of cloisonné technique. There is a great variety of products, such as the traditional vase, jar, bowl, plate, box and ash-tray. A great number of new varieties have also been created. They are brilliant in colors and splendid in design and enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad. Today, people enjoy decorating their homes with Chinese cloisonné articles.  Cloisonné articles are often used as gifts and woman attracted by their colorful beauty used it as jewelry.

Modern Process of Chinese Cloisonné
The making of Cloisonné is an elaborate and complicated process including base-hammering, copper-strip inlay, soldering, enamel-filling, enamel-firing, polishing and gilding. First the object to be decorated is made or obtained which will normally be made by different craftspeople.
Copper is the metal that usually be used for making the body since it is cheap, light and easily hammered and stretched. Apart from that, gold, silver or other metals may be used.

As one of the most beautiful Chinese art works, today, cloisonné is still a beloved artisan skill in China, and particularly beautiful or well-made cloisonné pieces are highly valued.