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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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.

        6541

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          Spectacular & Large Pair of Mongolian Silver Ear Ornaments or Temporals with Green Malachite & Coral

          Khalkha People, Mongolia
          19th-early 20th century

          length: 32cm, combined weight: 312g

          Provenance

          private collection, Netherlands.

          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

            6700

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              Tibetan Rosary of Human Bone Beads (Mi Mgo’i Phreng Ba)

              Tibet
              19th century

              length: approximately 54cm, weight: 96g

              Provenance

              private collection, London, UK.

              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)

                3023

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                  Indian Painted Wooden Portable Shrine for the Jagannathi Trio

                  Orissa or Rajasthan, India
                  circa 1920

                  height: 38.5cm, width with all panels fold away: 19cm; with panels extended: 73cm

                  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

                            6132

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                              Ceremonial Dayak Beaded Hat with Pig Tusks

                              Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                              20th century

                              length: 29cm, width: 23cm, height: 9.5cm

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              6123

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                                Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

                                Goa, India
                                circa 1750

                                height: 28.3cm, length: 32cm, width: 13.7cm, weight: 1.295g

                                Reserved

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                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

                                  5471

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                                    Gilded-Silver Mounted, Double-Sided, Pectoral Reliquary Cross with Carved Steatite (Enkolpia)

                                    Mount Athos, Macedonian Greece
                                    15th century

                                    total length of chain (circumference as worn): 72cm, length of cross (without coin): 7.3cm, width of cross: 4.5cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

                                    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

                                      848

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                                        Rare, Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)

                                        Spanish Colonial Guatemala
                                        18th century

                                        height: 18cm, length: 19cm, weight: 437g

                                        Provenance

                                        European antiques market.

                                        4676

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                                          Rare, Brass Toad-Shaped Flask

                                          Tibet
                                          circa 18th century

                                          height (with stopper): 37cm

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          2896

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                                            Rare & Unusual Ostrich Egg & Walrus Tusk Indian Tea Caddy with Silver Mounts

                                            Kutch, India
                                            circa 1880

                                            height: 25cm, weight: 785g

                                            Provenance

                                            UK art market

                                            4658

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                                              Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

                                              South India, probably Madras
                                              circa 1800

                                              length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

                                              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