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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7310

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    Chinese Court Gold & Pearl Hat or Headdress Ornament

    China
    18th-19th century

    height: 6.6cm, width: 5.5g, weight: 5.98g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    7310

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      Chinese Court Gold & Pearl Hat or Headdress Ornament

      China
      18th-19th century

      height: 6.6cm, width: 5.5g, weight: 5.98g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      8493

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        Tibetan Silver Yak Butter Lamp

        Tibet
        early 20th century

        height: approximately 20cm, width: 15cm, weight: 561g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        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.

              7098

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                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

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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

                      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

                                            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.

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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

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                                                                          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.