： (Contemporary, Enamels, Chinese)
Cloisonné, also known as “filigree enamel with copper body”, is an unique handicraft for decorating metalwork objects, creatively combining the techniques of copperware and porcelain. The earliest works of Chinese cloisonné can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty, and the craft became prevalent in the Ming Dynasty, especially during the reign of Jingtai Emperor (1450-1456) when the enamelware made in this period was typically blue, hence getting the Chinese name for the technique “Jingtailan” or “Jingtai blue”. The making of cloisonné is a complex process that includes base hammering, filigree welding, enamel filling, firing, polishing and gilding. Elegant in molding, brilliant in coloring, the exquisite craft makes cloisonné another world wonder of metal handicraft following the bronze art in the Xia and Shang Dynasties, both of which retain distinctive ethnic features of traditional Chinese culture. In this exhibition, more than sixty contemporary masterpieces are selected for a comprehensive illustration of the beauty in cloisonné that contributes to a better understanding of the traditional culture of China.
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