"reached into the cloisonné cupboard"
is a decorative technique used to embellish bowls, plates, jewellery and other metalwork objects. Firstly, thin strips of gold and silver are soldered onto the surface of the item, then coloured enamel is used to complete the design. The object is then fired in a kiln. Although the practice originated in countries such as Egypt, since the 14th
Century is has been especially associated with China.