August 30, 2009
crystal bridge Asian arts and crafts online store opens grandly for business
in August 2009.
We are a global business based in New Jersey,
USA and Beijing China. We specialize in selling recently
manufactured cloisonné vase, display plates, trinket boxes, cinnabar
lacquer wares, inside painting snuff bottles and crystal minerals, etc.
These products are made in China,
Japan, Korea and
other Asian countries. Read
Introduction to cloisonne
Cloisonne is an art object consisting cells
filled with colored enamels. These objects are usually in the forms of
vases, bowls, display plates, trinket boxes, bracelets, etc.
Cloisonne originated in the 13th
century in the middle east region. It was propagated through the silk
road to China and Japan. Cloisonne
wares were well liked by the Chinese royal families and penetrated its
roots deeply in Chinese culture.
Cloisonne comes from the French word cloison, which means cell. It received this name when
it was commonly used in the medieval times.
has a long history of producing cloisonné wares since the Ming dynasty
(14th century) and flourished during Jing
Tai reign. Since most of the cloisonné produced at this time was in blue
color, the cloisonne in China
received its name as Jing Tai Blue.
The cloisonné products we carry are made in Beijing, China
and its vicinities. Read
Introduction to cinnabar lacquer
lacquer is a traditional form of art in China.
These objects are usually in the forms of vases, display plates,
trinket boxes, bracelets, etc.
The striking bright right color of these lacquer wares come from mineral cinnabar mixed with transparent lacquer.
The process of making cinnabar lacquer wares is pains taking. First,
the body of the object is shaped from wood. Then thick layers of red or
black lacquer are pained over the body. Each layer has to dry before
another layer come be added, which can take up to months.
Once the lacquer dries, low to medium
relieves are hand carved onto the body. The relieves
are usually motifs or designs from Chinese history and culture, such as
dragons, phoenix, clouds, flowers and religion symbols. Read
In This Issue
Also This Month
New cloisonné floral design vase has arrived
We recently added to our inventory several new cloisonné vases with
floral patterned designs, Read
New crystal minerals obtained and arrived to our store
We have added this month a strikingly clear crystal mined in ShanXi province in China, Read
Added inside painting snuff bottles
has been producing inside painting glass snuff bottle since the Qing dynasty(16th century). These bottles are
reverse painted on the inside of
the glass wall, Read