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.

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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

                6408

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                  Chinese Eighteen-Bead Rosary-Bracelet of Carved Jade, Pearls, Tourmaline & Gilded Silver in Original Box

                  China
                  late 19th century or early 20th century (late Qing Dynasty)

                  diameter of bracelet component: 8cm, length of rosary: 22.5cm, weight: 55g, diameter of box: 12.5cm, height of box: 4cm

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                  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

                          6239

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                            Chinese Export Silver Pierced Centrepiece with Original Hardwood Stand

                            China
                            late 19th century

                            height (with stand): 44.5cm, height (without stand): 38.3cm, circumference of middle dish: 32.5cm, silver weight: 1,124g

                            Provenance

                            private collection, UK

                            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.

                                                  5655

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                                                    Rare, Early Chinese Images of Jesus & Mary on Silver, after Pierre Goret

                                                    China or Chinese artisans in the Philippines
                                                    circa 1700

                                                    heights: 20.8cm, widths: 16.3cm, combined weight: 371g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    art market, London.

                                                    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.

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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

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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.

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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

                                                                    4050

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                                                                      Underglaze Blue Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Ceramic Kendi with Ottoman Silver Mounts with Tugra

                                                                      China/Ottoman Turkey
                                                                      circa 16th century

                                                                      height: 16.6cm, diameter: 14cm, weight: 795g

                                                                      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.