April 19, 2024


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The Different Types Of Japanese Cloisonne

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Japanese Cloisonné is one of the most beloved art forms when it comes to art pieces. There is a massive market for antiques and modern Cloisonné pieces. Regardless of your taste or style in art pieces, Japanese Cloisonné often becomes a part of many modern homes. When deciding what type of Japanese Cloisonné you would like to purchase consider following types:

Yusen-shippo is cloisonné with wires. This is the most common form of cloisonné that is found and the origins actually lie in China. There are thin metal wires that are fixed to the body with an emphasis on the design and the areas between the wires are filled with various colors of enamel. When the surface of the enamel rises above the metal wires it’s called raised cloisonné or ‘Moriage-shippo’.

Musen-Shippio is wireless cloisonné. When it comes to wireless technique there are two different techniques that are used. The first technique uses the application of enamel to the body. The second one involves applying the wire while the enamel is being painted but removing the wire prior to actually firing the piece. This technique is one of the most demanding. The Ando Company is one of the most famous for producing exceptional pieces of wireless cloisonné.

Dei-Shippo is used when describing opaque, matte enamels prior to the development of the brighter enamels. Dei-shippo pieces were made in bulk during the 1868-1912 periods and there are still a lot of antique pieces available. The pieces were made with a synthetic glaze.

Totai-Shippo are wares that have part of their bodies cut away and then those parts are filled with semi-translucent or translucent enamel. This provides a fantastic contrast between the opaque enamel that the rest of the piece is covered in. The effect is very similar to stained glass.

Shotai-Shippo is probably the oddest of all of the Japanese cloisonné. This cloisonné is made with translucent enamels with the standard technique of the yusen-shippo. Afterwards it is dipped in a tub of nitric acid. The metal of the body dissolves leaving only the metal wires and the enamels.

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