Our catalogue > Chinese Antiques

Presented here are antique items produced in China, often for the overseas Chinese markets or for the Tibetan & other Himalayan markets.

All items are sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

Also see our Chinese Export Silver page.

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7052

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    Rare Liao Dynasty Gilded Silver Belt or Horse-Harness Fitting

    North-eastern China & Inner Mongolia
    Liao Dynasty (10-12th century AD)

    length: 12.6cm, width: 5cm, depth: 1.2cm, weight: 60g

    Provenance

    Roger Keverne, London, UK.

    7108

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      Chinese Export Silver Book-Shaped Snuff Box by Yao Jie

      China
      19th century

      length: 4.1cm, width: 2.7cm, depth: 1.3cm, weight: 27g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      5315

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        Embroidered Chinese Wall Hanging with Shou (寿) & other Daoist Deities

        China, exported to the Straits Settlements
        19th century

        dimensions of backing material: 120cm x 84cm

        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.

        6618

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          Pair of Chinese Silver Marriage Bracelets

          China
          19th century

          internal diameter: approximately 6.7 x 5.9cm, thickness: 1cm, eight: 79g

          Provenance

          UK art market

          6412

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            Victorian-Era Display of Ancient Chinese Coins & Tokens

            China
            19th century

            dimensions of frame: 58cm x 37.8cm

            Provenance

            private collection, UK; the coins are believed to have been collected in China in the 1870s

            6796

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              Fine, Chinese Silver-Gilt Bracelet with Large, Semi-Precious Stones

              China
              early 20th century

              internal diameter: 5.9cm, total length: 17.5cm, height: 3.1cm, weight: 49g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              6793

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                Chinese Silver Gilt Butterfly Necklace with Jadeite & other Semi-Precious Stones

                China
                early 20th century

                total length: 45cm, width of pendant: 7.6cm, weight: 62g

                Provenance

                UK art market

                6734

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                  Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Snuff Box with Silver Filigree & Enamel

                  Dutch Colonial - Batavia, Dutch East Indies, or China
                  18th century

                  width: 7.4cm, depth: 5cm, height: 3.1cm, weight: 56g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6417

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                    Unusual Enamelled, Pierced, Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Wang Hing, with Original Glass Liner

                    Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                    circa 1880

                    diameter: 12.5cm, height: 5.5cm, weight (without glass): 128g, weight (with glass): 366g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6236

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                      Chinese Export Silver Taza by Wang Hing

                      Maker: Wang Hing, China
                      circa 1875

                      height: 15.6cm, diameter: 13.4cm, weight: 271g

                      Provenance

                      private collection, UK

                      5846

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                        Five Chinese Enamelled Hanging Ornaments

                        China
                        circa 1850

                        lengths: 65cm-98cm

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6243

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                          Rare & Large Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Wang Hing

                          Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                          circa 1890

                          heights: 11cm, diameters: 24.5cm, weights: 1,083g & 1,087g

                          Provenance

                          from an important private collection, UK.

                          6114

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                            Chinese Cloisonne & Gilt Vase Decorated with Taotie Motifs

                            China
                            18th-early 19th century

                            height: 23.3cm, weight: 946g

                            Provenance

                            acquired by the previous owner's father at Christie's London in the 1990s

                            6231

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                              Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Yok Sang

                              Maker: Yok Sang, China
                              circa 1895

                              diameter: 22cm, height: 11cm, weight: 828g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, UK

                              6242

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                                Japanese-style Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Wang Hing

                                Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                                1890s

                                diameter: 19.5cm, height: 13cm, weight: 730g

                                Provenance

                                private collection, UK

                                6230

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                                  Chinese Export Silver Centre Piece by Tuck Chang with original Carved Blackwood Stand

                                  Maker: Tuck Chang, Shanghai, China
                                  circa 1900

                                  height (with stand): 40cm, without stand: 32cm, diameter: 27cm, weight (without wooden stand): 1,428g

                                  Provenance

                                  private collection, UK

                                  6235

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                                    Unusual & Fine Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Sunshing

                                    Maker: Sunshing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                                    second half of the 19th century

                                    height: 12cm, diameter: 18.5cm, weight: 516g

                                    Provenance

                                    private collection, UK

                                    6234

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                                      Chinese Export Silver Cigar Lighter by Wang Hing

                                      Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
                                      late 19th century

                                      height: 12cm, width: 8cm, weight: 204g

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, UK

                                      3013

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                                        Chinese Export Silver Cotton Reel Holder

                                        Southern China
                                        18th-19th century

                                        length: 6cm, weight: 38g

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        6219

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                                          Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

                                          Straits Chinese or Peranakan, possibly commissioned from China
                                          early to mid-20th century

                                          height: 93cm, width: 95.5cm

                                          Provenance

                                          Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                          6220

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                                            Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

                                            Straits Chinese or Peranakan, possibly produced in Java, Indonesia
                                            circa 1900

                                            height: 97cm, width: 89cm

                                            Provenance

                                            Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                            6221

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                                              Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

                                              Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.
                                              early 20th century

                                              height: 92cm, width: 104cm

                                              Provenance

                                              Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                              6238

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                                                Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Luen Wo

                                                Maker: Luen Wo, Shanghai, China
                                                late 19th century

                                                diameter: 26cm, height: 15cm, weight: 1.437kg

                                                Provenance

                                                private collection, UK

                                                6218

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                                                  Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

                                                  Straits Chinese or Peranakan, possibly commissioned from China
                                                  early to mid-20th century

                                                  height: 93cm, width: 95.5cm

                                                  Provenance

                                                  Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                                  5638

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                                                    Rare Chinese Yixing Teapot with Vietnamese Pierced Silver Mounts

                                                    Jiangsu, China & Vietnam
                                                    19th century

                                                    length: 20cm, height: 15cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    5288

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                                                      Chinese Export Silver Calling Card Case by Wang Hing

                                                      Guangdong (Canton), or Hong Kong, China
                                                      late 19th-early 20th centuries

                                                      length: 9.7cm, width: 6.6cm, weight: 92g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      from the estate of 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.

                                                      5671

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                                                        Kangxi Chinese Porcelain Flask with Indian (or Similar) Engraved Silver Mounts

                                                        China & India or similar
                                                        Kangxi Dynasty, 17th-18th century

                                                        height: 9.6cm, weight: 66.8g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private collection, UK

                                                        5126

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                                                          Chinese Gilded-Silver Opium Storage Box

                                                          China
                                                          19th century

                                                          height: 9cm, width: 3.6cm, weight: 110g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          4629

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                                                            Three Ming Dynasty Carved Wooden Daoist Figures with Polychrome

                                                            China
                                                            Reign of Zhengde (1505–1521)

                                                            heights: each approx. 29.5cm

                                                            Provenance

                                                            private collection, London.

                                                            4667

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                                                              Model of a Peacock, Gilded, Enamelled & set with Turquoise & Pearls

                                                              China
                                                              circa 1920

                                                              height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              UK art market

                                                              4541

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                                                                Champleve Enamelled & Gilded Bronze Stupa with Jataka Tales

                                                                China
                                                                Ming Dynasty, circa 15th century

                                                                height: 20.2cm, width: 10cm, weight: 1,254g

                                                                Provenance

                                                                private collection of Maurice Collis (1889-1973); thereafter by descent.

                                                                4373

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                                                                  Four Burgaute Lacquered Scholar’s Cups Inlaid with Abalone Nacre & Silver

                                                                  China
                                                                  early 18th century

                                                                  height: 4.8cm, diameter: 10.5cm, typical weight per cup: 75g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  3245

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                                                                    Fine Chinese Export Silver Filigree Visiting Card Case & Box by Khechoungming

                                                                    Canton (Guangdong), China
                                                                    circa 1870

                                                                    height: 10.2cm, width: 7.2cm, thickness: 1.1cm, weight: 53g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK antique market

                                                                    2776

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                                                                      Chinese Scholar’s Mounted Lingzhi Fungus

                                                                      China
                                                                      19th century

                                                                      height: 14.5cm, width: 14cm

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      UK art market

                                                                      1563

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                                                                        Eastern Han Terracotta Funerary Tile (Huaxiangzhuan) of an Elephant and Elephant Tamer

                                                                        China
                                                                        Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 AD

                                                                        size: 18cm x 18cm

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        1813

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                                                                          Large, Chinese-Export Carved Mother-of-Pearl Snuff Box Depicting Napoleon’s Tomb, with Silver Mounts

                                                                          Canton, China
                                                                          circa 1820

                                                                          diameter: 9.2cm, thickness: 3cm, weight: 277g

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK art market

                                                                          1944

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                                                                            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

                                                                            2445

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                                                                              Sino-Tibetan Cloisonné and Silver Eating Bowl

                                                                              Chinese made for the Tibet Market
                                                                              18th-19th century

                                                                              height: 4.7cm, diameter: 11.5cm

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              UK art market

                                                                              2491

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                                                                                Liao Dynasty Gilded Silver Dragon Fish-Shaped Earrings

                                                                                China
                                                                                Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

                                                                                width: 3.5cm, height: 3.5cm combined weight: 11g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                private collection, UK

                                                                                2492

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                                                                                  Liao Dynasty Gold Pendant Earrings

                                                                                  China
                                                                                  Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

                                                                                  height: 5.3cm, combined weight: 9g

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  private collection, UK

                                                                                  2496

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                                                                                    Pair of Fine, Engraved Liao Gilded-Silver Bracelets

                                                                                    China
                                                                                    Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

                                                                                    diameter at widest point: 6.5cm, combined weight: 66g

                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                    private collection, UK

                                                                                    3255

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                                                                                      Pair of Chinese Qing Silver Pendants

                                                                                      Southern China
                                                                                      19th-20th century

                                                                                      length: 4.5cm, combined weight: 9g

                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                      3254

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                                                                                        Pair of Qing Chinese Silver Earrings

                                                                                        Southern China
                                                                                        19th-20th century

                                                                                        length: 3.6cm, combined weight: 17g

                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                        UK art market

                                                                                        4021

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                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          4416

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                                                                                            Kendi with Green-Glazed Chinese Earthenware & Engraved Brass Mounts

                                                                                            Java, Indonesia
                                                                                            19th century

                                                                                            height: 21cm, width 24cm

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            private collection, UK.