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Antique Chinese Miniature Black & Gilt Floral Decorated Cloisonné Baluster Vases

Antique Chinese Miniature Black & Gilt Floral Decorated Cloisonné Baluster Vases
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  • Product: Vases
  • Age: 1850-1899
  • Region of Origin: Chinese
  • Original/Repro: Original
  • Primary Material: clay

Here for your consideration is an exquisite pair of antique, late 19th century, Chinese 4" miniature, black cloisonné vases of baluster form, with delightful gilt embellishments, Ruyie border and beautiful floral decoration depicting peony, camellia, narcissus and lotus. The colouring of these flowers is absolutely magnificent, beautifully decorated with really sharp enamelings.

These miniature cloisonné vases are in pretty good condition with no enamel damage. They do have some age related patination, commensurate with their age, but nothing unusual. The workmanship is absolutely superb, and the colour and patina over the years, has just added to these exquisite vases.

A sure sign of Chinese cloisonné is the Ruyie border. This border represents the Chinese imperial sceptre's head and looks like an upside down cloverleaf with a dot in the centre of each clover. This symbol is repeated in a band around the top of both vases.

Cloisonné ...

An ancient technique for decorating metalware objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects were called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or affixing silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colours. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a Kiln.

The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In the Byzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewellery, and by then always using enamel. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century.

Chinese flowers ... 

Flowers have a privileged position in Chinese culture. They are considered an indelible part of Chinese's collective consciousness. The Chinese believe that flowers convey positive messages and play a significant role in the day to day folk life. Here collected are four of the most important flowers in Chinese culture, each flower has its own unique traditional meaning.

Peony is the country's most significant flower and is considered by many as the country's national flower (not officially declared). Peony symbolises riches, prosperity and honour. In Chinese history peonies in Luoyang are praised as the finest in the country and a peony festival is held in Luoyang between April and May each year. 

Camellia sinensis is a kind of plant whose leaves and leaf buds can be used to make tea. Camellia is native to the east Yangtze River Basin, Pearl River Basin and Yunnan Province. In the south, they are planted in the yards, but are potted flower in the north. 

Narcissus is known in Chinese language as the "water goddess." The flower is said to have occult value that can rout out evil spirits. The narcissus is native to China and is mainly distributed around Zhejiang, Fujian and other regions. 

Lotus flowers have been favoured by the Chinese for hundreds of years. The Chinese believe that the lotus represents purity, long life, humility and honour. The Chinese have a particular fondness for lotus flowers. The appreciation of the lotus flowers has developed into a unique "Lotus culture."

Dimensions as follows ...

Height: 4 inches or 10.1 cm

Width: 2 inches or 5.1 cm (widest point)

Diameter: 1.35 inches or 3.5 cm (top)

Diameter: 1.15 inches or 3 cm (base)

Weight: 220 grams or 7.8 oz (two vases combined)

This is as good as it gets with regards cloisonné vases, they're all original. How many of these have you seen, still intact and undamaged. You might never find another pair this good, and if there's one thing I've learned about antiques, when items are of quality and rare he who hesitates usually loses out. 

These rare black cloisonné floral vases would add value to any Chinese collection. A real must for any serious collector. Cloisonné vases, have become so very sought-after/collectable and are appreciating in value.

They would make an ideal gift, or solid future investment.

The miniature cloisonné vases will be sent out recorded, special delivery with insurance.

Please note, all my international postal charges are only estimates and will be confirmed and altered up or down when I know the destination to where items are being sent. Please also note I only charge actual costs of postage and packaging with insurance, no more.

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