Cloisonné Butterfly Magnets

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Adorn your refrigerator (or any metal surface) with this fanciful quartet of hand-enameled Cloisonné Butterfly Magnets—each uniquely shaped and individually patterned. Butterflies are symbols of joy in Chinese culture. Set of 4. Made in China.

Museum Story

An art form originating in the Middle East and elevated in China, after its arrival there in the 13th and 14th centuries, the cloisonné technique adorns copper or bronze objects with copper wire designs. The resulting cells are then filled with enamel, fired in a kiln and polished, creating a harmonious contrast between the gleaming metal and the jewel-hued enamel. These charming Cloisonné Butterfly Magnets are reminiscent of butterfly depictions found on cloisonné vases in our National Museum of Natural History's Asian ethnological collections.



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December 29, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Beautiful

Bought as a gift. Wished I could keep them!


Constance Higgins

December 22, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Gift that brings delight

These beautiful butterfly magnets are a box of magic. You can't decide which one you like the best, because each one is beautifully made with brilliant appealing colors. I decided to give one apiece to my church friends and every person's response was delighted to receive one and curious about where it was purchased so they could get more. As far as the magnet separating, so far I have heard of no problems. A great gift.


Jeanne Zeman

December 19, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Beautiful

They looked beautiful in the catalog. I ordered them to add them to gifts, and they were so beautiful I'm keeping 2 for myself. The magnets are really strong and they look great on my fridge.


Penny P Church-Pupke

December 19, 2021

Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 Beautiful colors and design, but slight issue

The colors and design are exquisite. Unfortunately, a butterfly popped out of the box when I opened it. It fell to a bare floor where the magnet popped off. The other three butterflies are on our refrigerator.



December 18, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 So beautiful!

So glad I got these from Smithsonian. Really high quality. Well made. So nice that I gave one to each friend as a lovely gift by itself. Highly recommend.



December 16, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Magnets

These are simply beautiful. Giving as Christmas gifts and think they will be thrilled with their beauty as I am.


Roberta A. Heisterkamp

December 15, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Delicate and Beautiful

These cloisonne magnets make my refrigerator look beautiful holding family photographs.


Lesh R Hyde

December 14, 2019

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 I originally received one butterfly as a gift alon...

I originally received one butterfly as a gift along with other club members. Mine has been very stable and beautiful. I became interested in the Smithsonian and have since ordered several sets. I've given two sets recently to friends who were thrilled. I also ordered booklets on butterfly blessings and included one along with the magnets. Bettendorf, IA


D in MN

September 23, 2017

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Very pleased. Beautiful collors. Just as picture...

Very pleased. Beautiful collors. Just as pictured. MN

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