Chinese Arts and Crafts: The everlasting beauty of the cloisonne

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At the 2010 Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auction, a pair of imperial cloisonne incense burners made during the Yongzheng Emperor’s reign in the Qing dynasty were auctioned for HK $129.5 million, breaking the international record price for an enamelware auction item. Cloisonne. The artform of cloisonne combines traditional Chinese bronze-casting, ceramic-making, water and ink-painting and engraving with Western filigree enamel techniques. It has a history of nearly 1,000 years.

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