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Cloisonné Bird

Cloisonné Bird, 19th Century, Brass and Enamel
Unknown Artist

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Thomas W. Evans Collection

This Chinese Cloisonné Bird stands upon gilt metal claws, with feather detailing on blue ground and multi-colored enamel decorating the cover and forming the bird’s wings. Cloisonné is an ancient Chinese technique that was fully developed around the Ming Dynasty (c. 1450). It is used to decorate metalwork objects with vitreous enamel, inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials.