Our catalogue > Cabinet of Curosities

We don’t sell objects so much as stories with an object attached. So here are some of the more unusual, quirky objects that we have with interesting stories.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

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8736

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    Rare Indian Silver Torso Image of Chamunda

    South India
    18th-19th century

    length: 15cm, width: 10.8cm, depth: approximately 3.5cm, weight: 197g

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    Provenance

    UK art market

    6766

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      Pair of Tibetan Cast Metal Finger Cymbals (Ting-shag)

      Tibet
      circa 17th century

      diameter: 8cm, combined weight: 434g

      Provenance

      private collection, UK

      8920

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        Indian Cast Brass Finials to Decorate the Horns of a Bullock

        Central or Southern India
        18th-19th century

        height: 10.6cm, width: 3.7cm, combined weight: 314g

        Provenance

        UK art market; private UK collection.

        8694

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          Balinese Double-Ikat Geringsing Cawat Ding Ding Si Gading Cloth

          Tenganan Pegeringsingan, North-East Bali, Indonesia
          19th century

          folded length: 105cm (full length: 210cm), width: 42.5cm

          Provenance

          private collection, UK; believed to have been collected in Bali in the 1920s

          8751

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            Hittite Silver Model of a Long-Horned Bull

            Hittite people, (likely) Anatolia, Central Turkey
            1750-1200 BC

            height: 8.5cm, length: 8.5cm, width: 3.5cm, weight: 136g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            8661

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              Large South Indian Temple Priest’s Anklet (Kal Chilampu)

              Irinjalakuda, Kerala, South India
              18th-19th century

              width: approximately 24cm, length: 22.8cm, depth: 11.2cm, weight: 3,579g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              3403

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                Tibetan Official’s Turquoise, Pearl & Gold Ear Pendant (Sochi)

                Lhasa, Tibet
                19th century

                length: 11.5cm, weight: 12g

                7325

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                  Rare, Nepalese Inscribed & Gilded Copper Buddha’s Footprints Buddhapada Portable Mandala Plaque

                  Nepal
                  17th-18th century

                  diameter: approximately 27cm, weight: 669g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6521

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                    Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

                    Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
                    circa 1900

                    indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

                    Provenance

                    private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

                    7207

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                      Fine, Dayak Brass Helmet Ornament

                      Dayak People, Borneo, Malaysia/Indonesia
                      19th century

                      width: 10.6cm, height: approximately 17.5cm, weight: 93g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      7055

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                        Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Wooden Gem-Set Case

                        Persia (Iran)
                        19th century

                        length: 16.5cm, weight: 58g

                        Provenance

                        Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

                        7054

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                          Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Ebony Gem-Set Case

                          Persia (Iran)
                          19th century

                          length: 14.8cm, weight: 71g

                          Provenance

                          Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

                          7148

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                            Tibetan Noble’s Fine Bone & Silk Belt

                            Tibet
                            19th century

                            length (including buckle): 105cm, width: 4.9cm, weight: 226g

                            Provenance

                            private collection, Germany.

                            7005

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                              Early Indian Terracotta Mother Goddess

                              Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India
                              200-300BC

                              height: 18.2cm, width: 8.6cm, weight: 420g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              6524

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                                Mongo Woman’s Woven Buttock Shield (Bakonga)

                                Mongo People, Congo
                                early 20th century

                                length: approximately 88cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 157g

                                Provenance

                                private collection, London, UK.

                                6797

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                                  Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

                                  Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
                                  19th-early 20th century

                                  height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

                                  Provenance

                                  Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

                                  6846

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                                    Parsi Ritual Silver Ses or Sace Cone (Soparo)

                                    Northern India
                                    dated 1933

                                    diameter: 17.3cm, height: 34.5cm, weight: 787g

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    4115

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                                      Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                                      Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                                      14th-15th century

                                      diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                                      6523

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                                        Mongo Woman’s Beaded & Woven Buttock Shield (Bakonga)

                                        Mongo People, Congo
                                        early 20th century

                                        length: approximately 98cm, width of pompom: 12cm, weight: 292g

                                        Provenance

                                        private collection, London, UK.

                                        5969

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                                          Burmese Bronze Rice-Noodle Maker

                                          Burma
                                          19th century

                                          height: 15.4cm, width: 22.5cm, depth: 11.4cm, weight: 2,410g

                                          Provenance

                                          European art market

                                          5928

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                                            Unusually Tall Ottoman Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab)

                                            Ottoman Turkey
                                            19th or early 20th century

                                            height to top of toe strap: 30cm, lengths: 22.8cm, widths: 18cm

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            6386

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                                              Burmese Royal Silk Achiek Cloth Sutra Cover

                                              Burma (Myanmar)
                                              19th century

                                              70cm x 78cm

                                              6144

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                                                Colonial Spanish Powder Flask (Yesquero)

                                                Colonial Spanish, Argentina
                                                19th century

                                                length: 7cm (not taking into account the curve), weight: 27.59g

                                                Provenance

                                                UK art market

                                                3466

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                                                  English Tavern or Publican House Willow Nine-Pin Skittles Set

                                                  West Country, England
                                                  19th century

                                                  heights (approx.) 30cm each, and 40cm for the king pin

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK private collection

                                                  4676

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                                                    Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask

                                                    Tibet
                                                    circa 18th century

                                                    height (with stopper): 37cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    3933

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                                                      Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

                                                      Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                                      19th-early 20th century

                                                      height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

                                                      5089

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                                                        Rare Indian Coco-de-Mer Ewer

                                                        Northern India
                                                        Circa 17th century

                                                        height: 45cm, width: 25cm, thickness: 18cm, weight: 3,070g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        4313

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                                                          Eshu Dance Wrist Pendant

                                                          Yoruba People, Southern Egbado, Nigeria
                                                          19th century

                                                          height: 10.2cm

                                                          Provenance

                                                          private collection, London.

                                                          4274

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                                                            Woman’s Iron Pubic Cover (Cache Sexe)

                                                            Kirdi and Matakam People, North Cameroon
                                                            19th-early 20th century

                                                            length: 37.5cm

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, UK