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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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

      6608

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        Early Pair of China-Trade Woven Cane Silvered Wine Cups

        China
        Ming Dynasty, 17th century

        diameter: 6.8cm, height: 3.9cm, combined weight: 46g

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        Provenance

        Private Collection, UK.

        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

                              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

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                                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

                                                        Reserved

                                                        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.

                                                            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

                                                                        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

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                                                                                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

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                                                                                                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.