eBay vendor boatingindustrysurplus has on offer a collection of Chinese cloisonne pieces, which the vendors states were all purchased at the same time, that appear to date from the 1960s-70s.
Some relevant dates to keep in mind:
- 1949 People’s Republic of China established
- 1958 Beijing Enamel Factory (JingFa) is organized, products to be sold for foreign exchange under the Beiing Arts & Crafts Import & Export Corporation
- Between 1949 and 1974, the People's Republic was closed to all but selected foreign visitors [Wikipedia]
- 1972 21-year United States trade embargo of China ends
- 1979 United States and mainland People’s Republic of China re-establish diplomatic relations
Here are the pieces from the boatingdustrysurplus collection:
|Bottle vase displays classic JingFa composition of a large floral composition on front, small floral spray on back, flying swallow, neat and precise cloud diaper, rolled rim, blue base enamel.
|Observe how front & back, left & right side patterns match exactly, with coloring variations. These monochromatic enamels were discussed in an older post.
|A small dish featuring the JingFa cloud background.
|Small round boxes with JingFa cloud diaper.
|A modern rendition of a Phoenix, similar in style to designs on vases and large ornament beads that seem to date to the 1970s-80s.
|Small round boxes with neatly executed lotus scroll and scholar items themes.
|Small dishes with petal diaper.
|Observe the rows of tiny circles in the green vase and following pictures, identical to those also used in fish scale diaper designs.
|Classic JingFa composition, substituting scholar objects and a ruyi scepter for the more typical floral designs.
|A modern version of the old squirrel-and-grapes motif, featuring innovative base and neck motifs as well as the petal diaper. Again, observe the use of a row of tiny circles as a subtle accent motif on the shoulder.
|A set of napkin rings on offer from Etsy vendor YardSaleYuppie, exhibiting not only the cloud and petal diapers, but a trefoil and modern version of the classic vine scroll pattern. Note the precision and neatness of execution.
From former blog post,Puzzling Evidence - Chinese Cloisonne in the 1960s