Chinese cloisonne products have always been favored over similar western pieces. While there is a lot of culture in western art pieces, there is always been something more distinguished about the Chinese ones. Many art lovers tend to be divided between Western and Oriental pieces. In this article we will discuss why Chinese cloisonne pieces are more reflected than similar Western ones.
Chinese Cloisonne Decorations
The decorations when it comes to cloisonne pieces is very unusual. Western pieces are usually one solid color or have a very hard pattern. Big lines or big dots … you can automatically see that there is little craftsmanship put into the actual pieces. Cloisonne pieces are detailed and exceptionally beautiful, whether it be a vase, a powder box or a plate
Chinese Cloisonne History
When the trade routes between the east and west were opened up by Marco Polo back in the late 1200s. His travels inspired a certain Christopher Columbus to travel, but just as importantly it started a massive trade in oriental cloisonne products, silk and spices. It was the height of fashion to own Chinese vases and plates and while the demand went down after a few hundred years, the Chinese cloisonne vases and plates (among other things) are making a huge comeback today. When you buy a Chinese cloisonne product, you are not only buying a vase or a plate. You are buying a product which making has been passed down through family for hundreds of generations and every piece is both a work of art and a labor of love on the part of the manufacturer.
Oriental is coming back into fashion
More and more fashion magazines and gurus in the fashion business are looking towards the East for their inspiration. Oriental vases and home-decor is coming back in full force and people are jumping onto the band wagon as they realize the potential of these beautiful pieces of art.
Where can you find these products?
Being able to source Chinese cloisonne products can be difficult if you do not know where to look. Always make sure that you're working with a professional who is able to source quality, original products. While these products may be more expensive they are definitely worth the additional price paid. Do not go for the tacky, “want to-be”, mass produced pieces which are so prevalent. Buy one that was hand made by a master in the craft.