Vintage CLOISONNE ENAMEL White Floral Bell with Asian flowers and buds in variegated reds and blues with green variegated leaves on a branch and a double row of teal scallop trim and gold metallic trim on the base, all on a white enamel background. Hand-painted in enamel to give the Cloisonne look. Excellent condition with no damage. The inside of the bell is fully enameled with a brilliant blue enamel and the original gold metallic ball clapper still remains. Lovely sweet sound.
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 to the metal object by soldering or adhering 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.
Vitreous enamel, also called porcelain enamel in the U.S.A., is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 °C (1380 and 1560 °F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, and also glass or ceramics, although the use of the term "enamel" is often restricted to work on metal, enameled glass is also called "painted".
The fired enameled ware is a fully laminated composite of glass and metal. The word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating. Enameling is an old and widely-adopted technology, for most of its history mainly used in jewelry and decorative art.
"Enamelled" and "enamelling" have a double "l" except in American English where "enameled" and "enameling" is preferred.
This vintage white cloisonne enamel bell with red and blue florals measures 2" tall, 1-5/8" in diameter at the base and weighs 1.8 ounces. Unmarked as to maker.
Item ID: RL2102