Canton Enamel Rectangular Box and Domed Cover, Qianlong (1736-95)
Canton Enamel Square-Section Tea Canister and Cover, Qianlong (1736-95)
Lacquer Work Box, 19th Century, with Metal Handles
Rare Chinese Canton Enamel Twin Handled Cup, Qianlong (1736-95)
Framed Watercolour, 18th Century
Pewter Three-Tier Box, Late 18th/Early 19th Century
Canton Enamel Rectangular Box and Cover, Qianlong (1736-95)
Pair of Small Canton Enamel Wine Cups, Qianlong (1736-95)
Small Canton Enamel Circular Dish, Qianlong (1736-95)
Pair of Chinese Canton Enamel Cups and Saucers, 18th Century
Canton Enamel Box in the Shape of a Butterfly
Jade Pig, Late Qing (1644-1911)
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Works of Art including bronzes, enamel and silver
Canton enamel (named after the principle site of production) was made in China from the seventeenth century after enamel techniques were introduced from Europe, where painted enamels had been produced in Limoges since around 1470. Canton enamel is made by coating a base object (generally copper) with a background coat of enamel before firing, then painting with coloured enamels before a final firing.
There is a clear connection between these enamels and the famille-rose wares developed and produced in the same period, although enamel-painting generally enabled more intricate designs than its porcelain counterpart. In Chinese, enamelware was referred to as 'foreign porcelain' (yangci 洋瓷)