Cloisonne Glossary

Here is a selection of vocabulary terms: in English, French, Chinese and Japanese, often used in the description of Oriental cloisonne items.

AKASUKE: red Japanese translucent enamel also called ‘pigeon blood’.

ATTRIBUTED: unsigned or marked piece of cloisonne which is most likely the product of a specific craftsman due to a high level of positive comparison. The examples here, a pair of signed bottles made by Namikawa Yasuyuki of Kyoto and an unsigned tray with very similar enamel colors, design and motifs.