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The Straits Chinese, also known as the nonyas (for the females) and the babas (the men), as well as the Peranakan Chinese of Indonesia, are the localised Chinese who have been in Southeast Asia for many generations and whose cultures became a blend of Chinese and Malay & Javanese characteristics. They differ to the more newly arrived Chinese (referred to as the sinkeh or totoks) because of this acculturation.

The objects here were made by, or for, members of the localised Chinese communities of Southeast Asia.

All the items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections, and all items are available for sale right now, unless marked ‘Reserved’.

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5166

Chased Silver Betel Set with Engraved Octagonal Pewter Stand

Peranakan Chinese Community, Java, Indonesia
late 19th century

height of stand with set: 20cm, width: 19.2cm, combined weight of silver items: 454g

Provenance

private collection, UK, since the mid-1990s

5141

Straits Chinese Gilded Silver Repoussed Belt Buckle

Straits Settlements
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 11cm, width: 8.6cm

Provenance

UK art market

3884

Rare Straits Chinese ‘Red & Gold’ Oil Lamp Stand for Sam Kai Altar

probably Singapore or Malacca
early 20th century

height: 23cm, width: 12cm, depth: 17cm

Provenance

UK art market

2681

Inscribed Peranakan Chinese Silver Ritual Ewer

Peranakan Chinese Community, Java, Indonesia
circa 1920

height: 12cm, weight: 151g

Provenance

private collection, London, UK.

1944

Straits Chinese ‘Brown & Gold’ Ancestral Shrine Cabinet

Straits Chinese community, Straits Settlements (Malacca, Penang, Singapore)
19th century

height: 81cm, width: 70cm, depth: 47cm

Provenance

UK art market

22

‘Red & Gold’ Dresser Mirror made for the Southeast Asian Peranakan Chinese Market

Straits Settlements or Sumatra, Indonesia
late 19th century

height: 54 cm, width: 39cm, depth: 23.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

2600

Straits Chinese Lacquered & Gilded Ancestral Shrine Cabinet

Southern China for the Straits Chinese Market
circa 1900

height: 43.5cm, width: 34.5cm, thickness: 15cm

Provenance

UK art market

4021

Carved & Polychrome Image of Chu-sheng Niang-niang (the Goddess who Registers Births), Fuzhou Chinese, early 20th century

Hokkien, Teochiu & Fuzhou Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia & China
early 20th century

height: 27cm, width: 14cm

Provenance

Private Collection, Keith Stevens, UK.

5304

Pair of Chinese Embroidered Slippers

Straits Settlements or China
early 20th century

length: 25.3cm

Provenance

collected by Alwyn Sidney Haynes (1878-1963).

5239

Chinese Lacquered, Carved Wooden Image Possibly of Pi Lu Zhe Nafo (Vairocana)

Malaya or China
circa 1900

height: 28cm, width: 13cm, depth: 12.2cm

Provenance

collected by Alwyn Sidney Haynes (1878-1963), and thence by descent. Haynes was a colonial administrator in Malaya and the Straits Settlements between 1901 and 1934. He held many posts including Acting British Resident, Pahang (1924); British Resident, Perak (1925); British Advisor, Kedah (1925); British Advisor, Kelantan (1930); and Acting Colonial Administrator, Straits Settlements (1933), after which he retired and returned to England, and lived near Stratford-upon-Avon, and then in Leamington Spa. Haynes loaned some of the items he collected in Malaya to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in 1939. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1950.

4416

Kendi with Green-Glazed Chinese Earthenware & Engraved Brass Mounts

Peranakan Chinese, Java, Indonesia
19th century

height: 21cm, width 24cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.