Ancient and modern

Cloisonné is a kind of enamelware with an inner copper tube decorated with different colors of enamel separated by thin strips of metal. It is called Jingtai Blue in Chinese because light blue is the principal color and because it was prevalent in the reign of Jingtai in the Ming Dynasty. The procedure of its production consists of many steps—making the inner body, inlaying metal wires, filling colors, baking, polishing and gilding. The most important steps are inlaying metal wires and filling colors. The inner copper tube and the visible part of the copper wires are gilded. (by Zhu Kai)