Vintage Chinese Cloisonnè Opium Box Pendant Necklace Dragon Design, Red
Vintage Chinese Cloisonné Opium Box Pendant Necklace Dragon Design, Red gorgeous shades of cloisonné enamel pendant made with brass, brass wires and enamel through the cloisonné technique to form decorative patterns throughout the pendant. The pendant features a yellow Dragon in clouds on a red background.
This would be an excellent addition to any Chinoiserie collection or a thoughtful gift. We love to wear it as a rare statement piece of jewelry with your favorite Caftan, or framed as unique wall decor.
Excellent vintage condition, subtle wear appropriate for age and use.
Comes in blue velvet bag, ready for gifting
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DIMENSIONS:3.5” W x 1” D x 2" H
CIRCA: early 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY:Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects with colored material held in place or separated by metal strips or wire, normally of gold. In recent centuries, vitreous enamel has been used, but inlays of cut gemstones, glass and other materials were also used during older periods; indeed cloisonné enamel very probably began as an easier imitation of cloisonné work using gems. 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 affixing silver or gold as 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. If gemstones or colored glass are used, the pieces need to be cut or ground into the shape of each cloison.