Pair of Chinese Qing dynasty cloisonné enamel vases


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The pair of Chinese vases are exquisitely crafted in enamel using the cloisonne technique of metalworking. Each piece was constructed by carefully soldering metal strips to the object's surface, forming cells of space, or 'cloisons', which were then filled with coloured enamel. By using this method, the craftsman was able to intricately ornament and colour each piece. On the surface of each vase we see beautiful, stylised lotus flowers, along with other colourful floral motifs, positioned on a turquoise ground.

The vases are both of baluster form, with tall and broad trumpet necks. They are unique for their upper handles, which take the form of mythical beasts. Beneath these are a second set of handles, modelled as gold fire-breathing dragon heads. Each vase is then finished with gilt banding on the rim, lower neck and base, which is decorated at points with detailed green foliage.

Full of colour and life, these vases will be sure to brighten up the room in which they are eventually placed.


Country of Origin
Asian, Chinese
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Chinese Interest
Enamel, Enamel - Cloisonné, Gilt
Blue, Gold, Multi-coloured


58.5 cm / 22.8 inches
34 cm / 13.4 inches


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