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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8739

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    Chinese Carved Mother-of-Pearl Shell

    China
    19th century

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

    Provenance

    UK art market

    7176

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      Tibetan Silver-Mounted Eating Bowl with Filigree & Coral

      Eastern Tibet
      early 20th century

      diameter: approximately 14.2cm, height: approximately 6.8cm, weight: 386g

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      Provenance

      UK art market

      8602

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        Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Zeewo, with Original Blue Glass Liners

        Shanghai, China
        early 20th century

        diameter: approximately 11.7cm, height: 5.5cm, combined weight (of silver only): 177g

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        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

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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

                                    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

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                                                Provenance

                                                Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                                6220

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                                                  Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

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

                                                  height: 97cm, width: 89cm

                                                  Provenance

                                                  Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                                  6221

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                                                    Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

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

                                                    height: 92cm, width: 104cm

                                                    Provenance

                                                    Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                                    6238

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                                                      Chinese Export Silver Bowl by Luen Wo

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

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

                                                      Provenance

                                                      private collection, UK

                                                      6218

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                                                        Peranakan or Straits Chinese Altar Front Cloth (Tok Wi)

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

                                                        height: 93cm, width: 95.5cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

                                                        5638

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                                                          Rare Chinese Yixing Teapot with Vietnamese Pierced Silver Mounts

                                                          Jiangsu, China & Vietnam
                                                          19th century

                                                          length: 20cm, height: 15cm

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          5288

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                                                            Chinese Export Silver Calling Card Case by Wang Hing

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

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

                                                            Provenance

                                                            from the estate of Alwyn Sidney Haynes (1878-1963), and thence by descent. Haynes was a colonial administrator in Malaya and the Straits Settlements between 1901 and 1934. He held many posts including Acting British Resident, Pahang (1924); British Resident, Perak (1925); British Advisor, Kedah (1925); British Advisor, Kelantan (1930); and Acting Colonial Administrator, Straits Settlements (1933), after which he retired and returned to England, and lived near Stratford-upon-Avon, and then in Leamington Spa. Haynes loaned some of the items he collected in Malaya to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in 1939. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1950.

                                                            5671

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

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

                                                              height: 9.6cm, weight: 66.8g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              private collection, UK

                                                              5126

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                                                                Chinese Gilded-Silver Opium Storage Box

                                                                China
                                                                19th century

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

                                                                Provenance

                                                                UK art market

                                                                4629

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                                                                  Three Ming Dynasty Carved Wooden Daoist Figures with Polychrome

                                                                  China
                                                                  Reign of Zhengde (1505–1521)

                                                                  heights: each approx. 29.5cm

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private collection, London.

                                                                  4667

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

                                                                    China
                                                                    circa 1920

                                                                    height: 45cm, total weight: 863g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK art market

                                                                    4541

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                                                                      Champleve Enamelled & Gilded Bronze Stupa with Jataka Tales

                                                                      China
                                                                      Ming Dynasty, circa 15th century

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

                                                                      Provenance

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

                                                                      4373

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

                                                                        China
                                                                        early 18th century

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

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        3245

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

                                                                          Canton (Guangdong), China
                                                                          circa 1870

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

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK antique market

                                                                          2776

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                                                                            Chinese Scholar’s Mounted Lingzhi Fungus

                                                                            China
                                                                            19th century

                                                                            height: 14.5cm, width: 14cm

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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

                                                                              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

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                                                                                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.