Japanese Belle of Modern Crafts Meiji-Period Cloisonne’ | Shippou

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork, in recent centuries using vitreous enamels, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called Shippou in Japanese. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments, (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering 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 colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then is 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 and thin cloison walls.

This publication gives an overview of the following: Meiji-Period Cloisonne’; Taji Tsunekichi and the Beginning of Modern Cloisonne’; Hayashi Kodenji; Owari Cloisonne’; Namikawa Yasuyuki; Kyoto Cloisonne’ Namikawa Sousuke; Proecss of Making Cloisonne’; Main Techniques of Cloisonne.

This publication is a new Softcover book published in 2008, unbroken spine and in its original shrink wrap. ISBN: 10:4895117057

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