From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Esmalte alveolado (es); 景泰藍 (yue); cloisonné (fr); Kärgsulatis (et); Jingtai lan (eu); cloisonné (ca); Cloisonné (de); cloisonné (pt); Cloisonné (ga); 景泰藍 (zh); Selemalje (fy); Cloisonne (sl); 七宝焼き (ja); Cloisonné (fi); Cloisonné (pl); Cloisonné (id); Cloisonné (nn); Клуазанэ (be); Email cloisonné (nl); cloisonné (en); Клуазоне (ru); Cloisonné (it); 칠보 (ko); 景泰藍 (gan); ĉelemajlo (eo); Cloisonné (cs); Cloisonné (tr) ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects (en); Tecnica di decorazione artistica a smalto (it); technique de fabrication de bijoux, vases et autres objets de décoration en émail (fr); techniek van emailleren (nl) Smalto cloisonnès, Lustro di Bisanzio (it); 七宝焼 (ja); Cloisonne (fr); Emalia przegródkowa, Cloisonne (pl); Email cloisonne (nl); Cloisonne, Zellenemail (de); Cloisonne, Soluemali (fi); cloisonne, enamel (en); 景泰蓝, 景泰蓝制作技艺, 銅胎掐絲琺瑯, 掐丝珐琅, 七寶燒, 金屬胎嵌搪瓷, 铜胎掐丝珐琅 (zh); 칠보 기법, 칠보기법, 불랑감, 대금요, 귀국요, 대식요 (ko)
ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects
Japanese - Covered Jar with Crane - Walters 44539 (2).jpg
Upload media
Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg  Wikipedia
Subclass ofenameling,
Country of origin
Different from
  • Huafalang
Authority control
Edit infobox data on Wikidata

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or glueing 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 needs to be fired in a kiln.

Derivated from this technique, in late 19th century, some glass maker developed the cloisoneé glass, a complex technique with brighting results. Discovered by the french painter Amédée Navarein and developed by Theophil Pfister (USA) and Emil Barthels (Germany) under "The glass cloisonné Co." denomination, in London. Beside this company, just some art nouveau artists created cloisoneé glasses, as Frederic Vidal in Catalonia, John La Farge in USA or Luigi Fontana in Italy. Because of conservation difficulties, just a few number of pieces have survived.


This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.

Media in category "Cloisonné"

The following 34 files are in this category, out of 34 total.