Chinese Cloissonne Brush Bowl, ca. 1920. Adorned with pleasing floral motif. Small foot with and Chinese calligraphy on bottom. Small "ding" as shown in images. Otherwise in very good condition. 2 1/2" high x 8 1/2" diameter. 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 affixing 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.