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Japanese cloisonne


#1

I have been asked to create missing lids for two miniature Japanese
cloisonne vases. The issue is not the cloisonne, I have been doing
that for over 25 years. I need on the mechanics and
materials that traditionally would have been used.

I have only seen photos at this point but similar lids to those that
are required appear to have the main section [the area that will
hold the enamel] probably spun from sheet copper into a half sphere
shape. At the base of this shape is a metal ring that protects the
edge of the enamel. Inserted into the interior of this ring is a
cylinder that creates the friction fit that holds the lid to the
vase. There is a solid metal finial shaped like a chrysanthemum bud.
The whole lid is about 1 1/8" tall and 1" diameter.

Logically I would make the enamel base from copper [as stated above]
but assume the ring and friction sleeve are probably made of brass.
If so I would solder those in place with IT solder before enameling.
The completed lid will probably be gold plated at the end.

If any of you know the procedures and/or specific materials
[brass/bronze alloy] would you please contact me off line?

I have spoken with 3 collectors and have gone on the web but have
not found the I need. Everything I find deals with the
age, designs, artists, wirework, a description of enamel techniques
but nothing about the structure that holds the enamel.

Thank you in advance
Orchid Rules!..Karla in sunny S. California


#2

Hi, Construction (ie solder types) largely depends on when it was
made. In at least some case, brass mounts, rims etc were soft
soldered on after enamelling.

Jack


#3

Continue from:
https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/japanese-cloisonne

Hi Karla,

I saw a question that you had concerning making a Japanese Cloisonne
vase lid. I imagine you got your question answered by now. If you
did not maybe Mr. Eberhardt could help. Since Mr. Eberhardt is both
a repairer/restorer of Cloisonne, and a collector, he may
occasionally want such a lid as you have made and I am wondering
what is the cost for such an item.

Thank you, Best Regards and Happy New Year,

Jonathan Novak