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Chinese Ronde-bosse Enamel Ornaments

Our blogs have always used two terms to describe Chinese enamels: cloisonné and Canton enamel …but there is a third type of Chinese Enamel …


[ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

The French call it "Ronde-bosse" and have used the technique since the 14th century.


These are three examples that I have picked up over the years – each circa 1890-1910 … they all appear to be custom made pieces. The mirror is the most unusual; repoussé sea creatures -  lobster, frog, turtle etc. with a jade handle. The bookends have a lotus at the center with two Shou symbols … and the box was painted with subtle shades and tones.

This is not mass production… this is an unknown Chinese artist enjoying his craft.

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  1. Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    i love Chinese Jewelry. that is the first blog i see it

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