Cloisonne

After getting a great response to a post a few weeks ago about engraving on the door handles called Giouche, I thought you would also get a kick out of this old school decorative detail. It’s called Cloisonne, a technique developed to make Jewelry and small fixtures as well as larger items like bowls and vases. Years ago at a Montreal art museum I saw pottery that was finished in a geometric pattern cloisonne that was so beautiful with pools of glossy color and a chaotic randomness.

Cloisonne is typically made by soldering wire to the base material in order to form dividers that get filled with the enamel filled with colored paste that it fired in order to harden and become glossy. These Ferrari and Pininfarina badges are made a little differently. The base metal is stamped to create the 2 dimensional depth which is then filled with different colors of the glossy translucent enamel. The Ferrari badge is an original from the 1957 and the Pininfarina (Letter F) as well as the Ferrari/PF flags are new manufacture. I’d like to know if the modern production pieces are made by the same company who made the originals or if they are reproduced by another shop.

Cloisonne Ferrari

Cloisonne Ferrari

Cloisonne hood badge

Cloisonne hood badge

Coisonne PF Pininfarina

Coisonne PF Pininfarina

PF Badge, Ferrari badge

PF Badge, Ferrari badge

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2 Comments »

  1. Christian Scott said,

    November 14, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    The details on the Pininfarina “F” are exquisite!

  2. Peter R. said,

    November 23, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    It’s too bad the enamel is so fragile as I’ve yet to see one of these badges without them cracked or chipped… Beautiful pieces of art though!

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