Royal Blue vintage floral cloisonné enamel collectible thimble with Asian cherry blossom motif with flower colors of white, light blue, lilac and red on a royal blue background, with red scallop trim, all outlined in gold metallic. Excellent condition.
This vintage cloisonne enamel thimble measures 1-1/8" high, 7/8" tall and is quite heavy. This vintage collectible thimble itself seems to be made of brass. Even the inside of the this cloisonné thimble is enameled with royal blue enamel color.
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné.
The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewelry and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In the Byzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewelry, and now always using enamel.
By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century.
A2702 - Royal Blue Vintage CLOISONNE FLORAL ENAMEL Collectible Thimble ASIAN CHERRY BLOSSOMS
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