Beijing is home to the famous traditional enamelware referred to as Cloisonne. Although the term is French in origin, the actual art form is thought to have come from Turkey originally. Cloisonne – or ‘Blue of Jingtai’ – was developed during the Ming dynasty. It is commonly found on products like vases, jars, bowls, plates, boxes, and ashtrays. The process of creating pieces involves delicate metal strips being soldered to a design, with the spaces or cloisons, being filled with enamel, which together created beautiful designs. Jingfa is the registered (and distinctive) trademark for the Beijing Enamel Brand, with pieces from this factory attracting collectors from all over the world. If you’re after a treasure that is truly special, make a stop here while in Beijing.
Update: June 10, 2021