Cloissone is an art invented in Beijing dating back over 800 years to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368).
It was developed during the succeeding Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), spurred on by the Emperor himself.
Once production methods were perfected and made more efficient, it wasn't long before the passion for cloisonne filtered down to the populace in general, and cloisonne became almost the standard style of decorative ceramics, characterized by the enormously popular 'Jingtai blue'.
It was during the next dynasty, the Qing, that cloisonne reached its artistic pinnacle.
See the various stages of the process, of which two: the wiring and coloring, pictured above.
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