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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.
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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By Lorr
Fallbrook, CA
September 23, 2017
"These are beautiful butterflies. Good quality. I am going to give these out as gifts."
By D in MN
September 23, 2017
"Very pleased. Beautiful collors. Just as pictured."
By Diana
Roseburg, Oregon
September 09, 2017
"I love these beautiful Cloisonne Butterfly magnets...great workmanship...I have them on my refrigerator...I gave one to a friend for her birthday and she loved it, too! I would definitely order from your company and would recommend others to order also. Thank you!"
By Cat Lady
Independence, MO
January 25, 2017
"These butterflies are beautiful and look great on the fridge."
By laureld
Costa Mesa, CA
January 21, 2017
"A special friend lost her stepmother just before Christmas. The experience was very difficult, and she was filled with a great deal of pain. In order to freshen up, she left her mother-in-law's room after she was pronounced dead. When she returned to the hospital room she caught a glimpse of a butterfly against a turquoise background. At that moment she remembered that a butterfly signified hope as well as spring with its beautiful colors. To Christians the butterfly is also a symbol of the resurrection...another symbol of hope. I am hoping that this will be a daily reminder of a very special lady who loved her very much."