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“The natives of Ceylon are very crafty and grand artists in the working of gold, silver, ivory, iron and all metals, which is a marvel to see, and which is held in very high esteem through all India, and carries a price above that of all other Indians.”

–  so said the Dutch merchant & traveller Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563-1611), writing around 1584.

Some of the most beautiful luxury goods made anywhere in the 16th-18th century came from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and some of the fine examples that we have had are now in public museums in the US, France, Australia & Singapore.

Each of our pieces has been sourced from within the UK, typically from old, private collections.

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4584

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Large Kandyan Period Cast Brass Standing Buddha

Sri Lanka
18th century

height without stand (32cm), with stand: 38cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK. The previous owner built up a collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

4089

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Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
18th-19th century

height: 5.3cm, diameter: 4.3cm

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4618

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Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
18th century

length: 24.5cm, height: 11cm, depth: 18cm

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Provenance

UK art market

5610

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Bronze Image of Lakshmana as a Buddhist Protector

Sri Lanka & possibly Southern India
18th-19th century

height: 45cm, width of base: 13.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4383

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Ivory Comb with Polychrome

Sri Lanka
17th-18th century

height: 10.4cm: width: 5.5cm, weight: 31g

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Provenance

UK art market

3381

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Sri Lankan Silver Betel Lime Box (Killotaya)

Sri Lanka
18th-19th century

height: 6.6cm, weight: 77g

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Provenance

French art market

3992

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Rare Sri Lankan Sinhalese Palm Leaf Book (Ola) with Ebony Covers Clad in Brass, Ivory & Silver

Sri Lanka

length: 36.6cm, width: 5.9cm, thickness: 2.5cm

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Provenance

circa 18th century

2869

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Colonial Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

Galle, Sri Lanka
circa 1830

length: 28cm, depth: 20.5cm, height: 13.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market; most probably has been in the UK since colonial times.

3616

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Tortoiseshell Box with Fitted Compartments & Gilded Mounts

Galle District, Sri Lanka
circa 1870

length: 19cm, depth: 14.3cm, height: 7cm, weight: 608g

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Provenance

UK art market

3024

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Sri Lankan Polychrome Pottery Tile

Kandy, Sri Lanka
1800-1850

diameter: 27cm

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Provenance

UK art market

3869

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Rare Sri Lankan Standing Brass Image of the Buddhist Protector Upulvan (Vishnu)

Kandy region, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century

height: 30.8cm, weight: 1,858g

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Provenance

UK art market

2739

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Fine, Painted Ivory Ayurvedic Medicine Jar & Cover

Sri Lanka
18th century

diameter: 5.8cm, height: 3.2cm, weight: 54g

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Provenance

UK art market

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Very Fine Chased Silver Parasol or Cane Handle

Sri Lanka
19th century

length of silverwork: 21.5cm, overall weight: 140g

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Provenance

UK art market

3044

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Rare Sri Lankan Chased Silver Lidded Box Inset with Semi-Precious Stones

Sri Lanka
19th century

length: 21cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 6.5cm, weight: 542g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

2341

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Gold Ring Cast with Kirtimukha Faces & Set with a Garnet

Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century

internal diameter: 1.3cm, overall maximum width: 2.3cm, weight: 15g, UK size: O, US size: 7

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Provenance

UK art market

4245

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Sri Lankan Chased, Oblong Silver Box

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 14.3cm, width: 7.8cm, height: 3.8cm, weight: 228g

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Provenance

UK art market

2000

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Sri Lankan Silver & Gold Brooch/Pendant Set with Matara ‘Diamonds’

Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
19th century

height: 5.3cm, width: 3.6cm, weight: 16g

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Provenance

UK art market

1591

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Colonial Sri Lankan Settee

Galle District, Sri Lanka
circa 1840

length: 135cm, height: 80cm, depth: 61cm

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Provenance

from a collection in southern England.

5416

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Sri Lankan Brass Model of a Kandyan Noble

Sri Lanka
19th century

height: 26cm, weight: 1,364g

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Provenance

UK art market

2727

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Sri Lankan Silver ‘Moonstone’ Dish

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1920

diameter: 20.8cm, weight: 262g

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Provenance

UK art market

1292

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Woven Cane Jewellery Basket with Brass Mounts (Vel-pettiya)

Kandy, Sri Lanka
18th-19th century

height: 19cm, width: 23.3cm, weight: 620g

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Provenance

Christie's; Dutch art market

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Sri Lankan Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
late 18th century

length: 16cm, width: 12cm, height: 5.2cm, weight: 305g

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Provenance

UK art market

3256

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Indian Engraved Brass Water Flask (Surai or Surahi)

India or Sri Lanka
17th-18th century

height: 31cm, weight: 1,093g

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Provenance

UK art market

1656

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Finely Carved Sri Lankan Eight-Sided Ebony Measure or Staff

Sri Lanka
circa 18th century

length: 41cm, diameter: 2.8cm

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Provenance

UK art market

1712

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Massive Dutch Colonial Sri Lankan Ebony-Inlaid Teak Document Box

Dutch Colonial Sri Lanka
late 17th-18th century

length: 72cm, depth: 51cm, height: 15.5cm

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Provenance

The Lairds of Blair, Blair Castle, Scotland.

3152

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Sri Lankan Repoussed Silver Tray

Kandy, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 28.4cm, width: 18cm, weight: 279g

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Provenance

UK art market

840

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Sri Lankan Chased Silver Dish or Plate

Kandy region, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 16.9cm, weight: 152g

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Provenance

UK art market

960

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Large Ceremonial Brass Tazza (Dalumura Tatuva)

Sri Lanka
19th century

height: 25cm, diameter: 31.2cm, weight: 3.78kg

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Provenance

UK art market

1187

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Matara ‘Diamond’ Brooch with Gold & Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
19th century

dimensions: 4.8cm x 3.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market

4577

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Unusually Large Chased Silver Christian Cross

Sri Lanka
19th-early 20th century

height: 11.8cm, width: 6.6cm, weight: 39g

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Provenance

UK art market

1261

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Sri Lankan Repousse Silver Dish

Kandy, Sri Lanka
19th century

diameter: 17.4cm, weight: 152g

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Provenance

UK art market

2364

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Indian or Sri Lankan Long-Spouted Brass Temple Oil Ewer

Sri Lanka or South India
18th-19th century

height: 40cm, weight: 1,988g

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Provenance

UK art market

3173

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Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

Galle, Sri Lanka
circa 1800

height: 10.3cm, length: 27.3cm, depth: 19cm

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Provenance

UK art market

2694

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Sri Lankan Silver Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’ & Coral

Southern Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

length: 6cm, width: 3.8cm, weight: 19g

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Provenance

UK art market

2695

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‘Star Burst’ Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’

Southern Coast, Sri Lanka
circa 1900

dimensions: 7cm x 7cm, weight: 29g

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Provenance

UK art market

5148

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Palm Leaf Scribe’s Iron & Silver Inlaid Stylus & Trimming Knife

Sri Lanka
19th century

length of knife: 17.2cm, length of stylus: 25.2cm

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Provenance

UK art market