Welcome to idcloisonne.com published since April 2009:
It is designed
to answer your basic questions about Chinese and Japanese cloisonne: what is it and how old is it? These answers
should help you with the value. Specifically, we will cover the identification of Oriental (Far-East)
JAPANESE and CHINESE decorative, or 'free-standing' cloisonne pieces, covering the 1850 to 1950
century of production, by a visual identification method, using actual
item photos, a short description and several pages of marks.
This site is your first step in identifying your
Oriental cloisonne items. If you think that what you have in hand is a rare and valuable piece of cloisonne, I would recommend
you approach educated professionals in this field in your area, and have a formal appraisal done, for insurance and investment
NEW URGENT REQUEST
SERVICE (DEC.2013) for $8.50 done within 2 days*.
Please email your images at email@example.com AFTER a small payment of $7.25US or other selection amount to my Paypal account linked on the
last '$$$PAY' page. I will respond with an approximate 50 word long description or more, which will
include dating information, country of production, a range in value, and any other available pertinent information.
This will not be a formal appraisal, but will give you a first step in
identifying and evaluating your Asian cloisonne item/s.
for the urgent service, 2 days means 2 calendar days from payment date, different time zones and hour of payment are
not taken into account.
IN A HURRY?: Use the QUICK
CHECK page for identifying the most common types of cloisonne pieces, vases, jars and boxes.
In 2013, the highest prices on the market are
for the best quality Chinese antique and vintage cloisonne pieces, and signed antique Japanese masterpieces, both rare, most
of which are unavailable, either owned by collectors already, or displayed in museums. Some of these items, damaged,
yet still appealing can be found easily enough on the internet auction sites.
There was and is much more Chinese mass-produced cloisonne
items than Japanese, 'supply and demand' dictated that Japanese cloisonne would usually fetch more. On the other hand,
Chinese enamelware and cloisonne values are skyrocketing, due to China's and other Asian countries newly found interest in
these old exports, as well as dealers looking for a profitable transaction.
Most of the vintage cloisonne items found at estate sales,
flea markets, the internet and live auctions are the unmarked, mass produced, Chinese and Japanese cloisonne items, exported
during the first half of the 20th century, and the many post 1950s machine-made (assembly line manufacture) cloisonne
From 1850 to 1950, there was room for innovation
and creativity by the Chinese and Japanese cloisonne craftsmen. There are still some rare, completely hand crafted, unexpected
treasures available from that period, those pieces are the most sought after by the savvy cloisonne
collector (including me).
DO NOT TRUST the vendor/owner to be accurate:
may sound harsh, in light of the increasing sophistication of internet sellers regarding Oriental antique exports. Consider
that there are many reasons why their information might be inaccurate. One example is the highly lucrative Chinese antique
market right now, with the Chinese law that prohibits under severe penalty for any antique to be exported or shipped
out of the country today, and the fact that some Chinese sellers are modifying cloisonne items to look much older than
they are, or putting together parts from various pieces for a large seemingly good item.
Some sellers think that identifying a cloisonne piece as Chinese is a sure fire way
of doing well. Even with reputable auction houses, we see a steep increase in pieces described as antique Chinese objects,
when they are post 1950, or vintage Japanese. Buyer beware.
What is going on with Ebay prices and sellers? In the last few
years Ebay has changed it's fee structure for sellers. The cost of selling on Ebay is now driven by sales only not by listings
plus sales, a 10% fee is applied to the final sale price and the shipping amount paid and none is applied for listing
the piece of merchandise. This is completely opposite to their approach from 1997 to 2007 when fees were directly applied
to the amount of the initial listing as well as for the final sale price, but none applied to shipping dollars.
For instance in the past, a listing for a $1.00
cost 35 cents, a listing for $100.00 cost $5.00. This explains why many items on Ebay are now sold for hundreds of dollars,
many hugely overpriced. If you want to see what the value should be, go to Ebay's completed sales and check what sold
and for what amount. By doing that, you will notice that most of the those overvalued pieces were ignored.