Consider a modern cloisonné piece: it may have an uneven or pale surface color or may have raised, bumpy, or detached cloisons. Compare that to an 18th century piece that has a smooth texture (though probably aged) and vivid colors.
What is real cloisonne?
by Graham Rix / in Home. Cloisonné is a form of enamelware where the enamel paste is contained within compartments or cloisons of wire. Often of silver or gold, the wires remain visible on the finished article, threading between areas of colour.
What is cloisonne vase worth?
The same size vase, painted in the cloisonne style, is worth only $20 to $50; an enameled vase would be worth hundreds to thousands. When the customer put two vases side-by-side it became obvious that the painted one was of lesser quality, but the untrained eye can easily be fooled.
What is the difference between Champlevé and cloisonné?
Champlevé is distinguished from the technique of cloisonné enamel in which the troughs are created by soldering flat metal strips to the surface of the object. The difference between the techniques is analogous to the woodworking techniques of intarsia and marquetry.