Vase with Three Rams' Heads

Vase with Three Rams' Heads

1736-1795

Cloisonné enamel

Diameter: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.); Overall: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.321

Description

In cloisonné enamelling, the decorative patterns are outlined by soldering metal wires (usually copper) to a metal base, creating a network of cells, or cloisons, to be filled with powdered enamels. After firing, the enamels are polished to create a smooth surface level with the cloisons. The exposed metal surfaces are gilt.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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