Our catalogue > Chinese & Japanese Antiques

Presented here are antique items produced in China, often for the overseas Chinese markets or for the Tibetan & other Himalayan markets. Also, the occasional items we might have from Japan can be found here.

All items are sourced from within the UK.

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9545

Chinese Warring States Gold and Turquoise-Inlaid Bronze Garment Hook

Northern China
Warring States period or Han Dynasty, 3rd or 2nd century BC

height: 8.4cm, width: 1.1cm, weight: 96g (not including display stand)

Provenance

private collection, London, UK; Ben Janssens Oriental Art, London, 2019

9544

Miniature Gold-Inlaid Bronze Tripod Ding Vessel

China
circa 18th century

height: 9.9cm, width: 6.6cm, weight: 290g

Provenance

private collection, London, UK

9543

Chinese Han Dynasty Inlaid Gilt Bronze Garment Hook

Northern China
Han Dynasty, 202BC-9AD

height: 17.6cm width: 7.7cm, weight: 190g (not including display stand)

Provenance

private collection, London, UK

9542

Miniature Han Dynasty Turquoise & Gold Inlaid Bronze Hu Vase

Northern China
Han Dynasty, 202BC-9AD

height: 5.7cm, width: 4cm, weight: 79g

Provenance

private collection, London, UK

9534

Sino-Tibetan Conch Shell Trumpet with Gilded Copper Mounts

Sino-Tibetan
18th century - most probably Qianlong period (1736-1795)

length: 22.2cm, width: approximately 13.5cm, weight: 1,129g

Provenance

Derek Wright (1927-2022) collection, Fritham Grange, Hampshire., UK. Acquired by the previous owner from Gerard Hawthorn Ltd Oriental Art, London, June 2004.

8892

China-Trade Painting of Pagoda Island, Min River, Fuzhou

China
circa 1850

height: 37.4cm, width: 53cm; height (with frame): 41.3cm, width (with frame): 56.8cm

Provenance

UK art market

9430

Sino-Tibetan Gilt-Bronze Amitayus

Sino-Tibet
18th century

height: 15.9cm, width: 11.5cm, depth: 8.5cm, weight: 1,094g

Provenance

private collection, UK

8611

Fine, Brisé-style Chinese Silver-Gilt Filigree Fan

Guangdong (Canton), China
circa 1830

length of arm: 21cm, width of arm: 2.5cm, width of unfolded fan: 35cm, weight: 185g

Provenance

UK art matrket

8715

Rare Mongolian Repoussed Copper Plaque of a Lokapala

Mongolia
18th century

height: 33cm, width: 28.5cm, weight: 901g

Provenance

private collection, UK

9081

Rare Southeast Asian (Batavian) or Chinese Parcel-Gilt Wine Ewer

Southeast Asia, possibly Batavia, or China
circa 1680-1750

height: 17cm, length (from handle to spout): 15cm, weight: 415g

Provenance

UK art market; Sotheby's New York

8739

Chinese Carved Mother-of-Pearl Shell

China
19th century

width: 20.6cm, length: 16cm, weight: 138g

Provenance

UK art market

8981

Japanese Shingon Sect Gomadan Altar Gilded Copper ‘Pestle’ Vajra (Tokkosho)

Japan
Edo Period, 18th-19th century

length: 14.7cm weight: 161g

Provenance

private collection, UK

7052

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

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

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.

7098

Kangxi Chinese Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Indian (or Related) Engraved Silver Mounts

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

height: 9.6cm, width: 3.8cm, weight: 51g

Provenance

UK art market

6618

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

Victorian-Era Display Panel 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

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

6734

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

5846

Five Chinese Enamelled Hanging Ornaments

China
circa 1850

lengths: 65cm-98cm

Provenance

UK art market

6114

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

5638

Rare Chinese Yixing Teapot with Vietnamese Pierced Silver Mounts

Jiangsu, China & Vietnam
19th century

length: 20cm, height: 15cm

Provenance

UK art market

5671

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

Chinese Gilded-Silver Opium Storage Box

China
19th century

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

Provenance

UK art market

4667

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

China
circa 1920

height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

Provenance

UK art market

4541

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

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

1563

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

Napoleonic Memorabilia: Rare Napoleon’s St Helena Tomb depicted on a Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Snuff Box with Silver Mounts

Canton, China
circa 1820

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

Provenance

UK art market

1944

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

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

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

Liao Dynasty Gold Pendant Earrings

China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

height: 5.3cm, combined weight: 9g

Provenance

private collection, UK

2496

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

Pair of Chinese Qing Silver Pendants

Southern China
19th-20th century

length: 4.5cm, combined weight: 9g

Provenance

UK art market

3254

Pair of Qing Chinese Silver Earrings

Southern China
19th-20th century

length: 3.6cm, combined weight: 17g

Provenance

UK art market

4021

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

Kendi with Green-Glazed Chinese Earthenware & Engraved Brass Mounts

Java, Indonesia
19th century

height: 21cm, width 24cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.