Dating red and white enamelware
Vintage French Enamelware 6 Piece Canister Set Robin's Egg Blue & White Very nice vintage french enamelware 6 piece canister set dating to the 1930's. The largest canister measures 7.5" high to the top of the knob and about 5.5" across.
The smallest canister measures 5" high and 3" across.
Now, chemical technology allows the artwork to be very colorful.
Craftspeople typically decorate with a broad range of bright colors and not the typical blue of the Ming era.
Enamelware craftsmen in the Ming Empire (1368-1644) made enamelware by firing powdered minerals into durable enamel.
The earliest known Ming era example of cloisonné was produced sometime around the year 1430.
If the process is done well, the result can be a strikingly colorful and even sparkling hard surface with translucent depth that looks unusual compared to simple painted ceramics or lacquer ware.
Initially, craftspeople in the Ming Empire mainly created cloisonné artwork on metal objects such as brass or bronze vases, kettles, or other objects.
It is thought that the technique originated in the West.They are marked from largest to smallest: Sucre (sugar), Cafe (coffee), Farine (flour) The (tea), Epices (spices), and Poivre (pepper).They are very clean inside and out with not too many dings.Porcelain withstood the high heat firing needed to produce the layers of glass enamel.
Beautiful white and blue porcelain pieces with fine cloisonné artwork were highly prized.
Chinese: Cloisonné was called Jingtailan (景泰蓝, Jǐngtàilán) after the name of an emperor. Different mineral materials could produce different colored coatings.