Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Chinese Cloisonné Dog

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    This is a Chinese Cloisonné Dog, possibly a foo dog (lion) or a dog from the Chinese calendar.  Measuring 3.5" long by 2" high by 1.75" wide, the dog is shown in a lying down position with a rounded back, his four feet tucked beneath him, and his tail curled round to his right side.  His lifted head has a rounded almost frog-like throat, long ears, wide eyes, dot nose and down-turned U-shaped mouth.  The surface is cloisonné, an enameling technique where metal strips (gold, brass, silver or copper) are bent and soldered into a outline pattern which is then filled with vitreous enamel paste.  The object is fired, ground smooth, and polished.  This dog has brass strips which have been bent into hair-like waves with a row of double spirals down the spine.  The body has been enameled in a deep royal blue with mouth feathers, ear tips, paw ends, and tail tip in white.  The face has been enameled with a deep burgundy red T above the eyes and down the nose; burnt gold on the cheeks and above the top lip; pink mouth, black on white eyes; black and white dot nose; and three curved chevrons (white, green and pink) on the top of the head.  The spiraled spine is also enameled in burnt gold. The base is solid black with two holes and a thick brass border.  Maker and age are unknown.  This Chinese Cloisonné Dog is in Very Good condition with no damage or wear.