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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6114

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Chinese Cloisonne & Gilt Vase Decorated with Taotie Motifs

China
18th-early 19th century

height: 23.3cm, weight: 946g

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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, 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

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private collection, UK

6232

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Superb, Chinese Silver Water Pipe Flask

Probably Southern China, or Vietnam
19th century

height: 27.5cm, width: 12cm, weight: 402g

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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

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private collection, UK

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

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private collection, UK

6241

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Chinese Export Silver Hip Flask with Dragon by Wang Hing

Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
circa 1890

height: 13cm, width: 7.4cm, thickness: 2.7cm, weight: 153g

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private collection, UK

6237

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Chinese Export Silver Table Box by Wang Hing with Glasgow Import Marks & for the Glasgow Firm Edward & Sons

Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong
Silver Table Box by Wang Hing & with Glasgow Import Marks, China, circa 1895

length: 20.4cm, height: 7.6cm, depth: 10.5cm, weight: 725g

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private collection, UK

6246

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Tibetan Human Bone Bead Necklace with Coral & Turquoise

Tibet
18th-19th century

total length: 80cm, weight: 63g

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Provenance

private collection, London

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

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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

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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

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Provenance

private collection, UK

5696

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Paiwan Noble’s Carved Wooden Snake Sewing Wax Tray

Paiwan People, Taiwan, China
19th- early 20th century

length: 14cm, height: 6.2cm

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Provenance

UK art market

5695

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Paiwan Wooden Box Carved with Human Heads

Paiwan People, Taiwan, China
19th-early 20th century

length: 10.5cm, height: 4.1cm, width: 7.3cm

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UK art market

5085

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Chinese Long Tortoiseshell & Gilded Silver Fingernail Guard

China
19th century

length: 10cm, weight: 7.3g

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UK art market

2340

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Fine Tibetan Gilded Seated Maitreya Image

Central Tibet
15th century

height: 22.8cm width: 12cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK; acquired from Spink, 1997.

3013

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Chinese Export Silver Cotton Reel Holder

Southern China
18th-19th century

length: 6cm, weight: 38g

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Provenance

UK art market

3153

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Early Dutch Colonial Huanghuali Writing Box with Engraved Paktong Mounts

Southern China
circa 1640

width: 39.2cm, depth: 28.4cm, height: 9.5cm

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Provenance

UK private collection

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

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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

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Private collection, UK; originally acquired in Singapore.

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

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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

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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

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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

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Provenance

UK private collection.

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

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Provenance

private collection, UK

5315

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Embroidered Chinese Wall Hanging with Shou (寿) & other Deities

China, exported to the Straits Settlements
early 20th century

dimensions of backing material: 120cm x 84cm

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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.

5129

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Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Opium Pipe Head Stand with Four Pipe Heads

China
19th century

length of stand: 31.5cm, height with pipes: 11cm

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Provenance

UK art market

5126

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Chinese Gilded-Silver Opium Storage Box

China
19th century

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

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UK art market

5130

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Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Opium Pipe Head Stand with Five Pipe Heads

China
19th century

length of stand: 35cm, height of stand (with heads)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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UK art market

2788

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Chinese Belt Buckle with Wu Zhu coins

China
17th-18th century

length: 9.6cm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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UK art market

2493

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Liao Dynasty Gold Earrings

China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century

height: 3.2cm, width: 2.2cm: combined weight: 6g

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private collection, UK

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

3603

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Chinese Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Posy Holder made for the European Market

China
circa 1850

length: 16.5cm, weight: 33g

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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

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Provenance

Private Collection, Keith Stevens, UK.

3285

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Tibetan Gold & Turquoise Official’s Pendant (Sochi)

Lhasa, Tibet
19th century

length: 11.2cm, weight: 11g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

5221

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Chinese Necklace of Rare Gilded Silver Beads Overlaid with Blue Kingfisher Feathers

China
19th century

length: 38cm, total weight: 17.82g

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Provenance

From the estate of a descendant of A.S. Haynes. Haynes held a number of positions in the colonial administration of the Straits Settlements from 1901 to 1934, including that of Acting Colonial Secretary (Straits Settlements) and British Resident, Perak, after which he retired back to England.

5128

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Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Wooden Opium Pipe Head Stand with Six Pipe Heads

China
19th century

length: 27.3cm, height (with pipes): 17.5cm, depth: 10.6cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

4416

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Kendi with Green-Glazed Chinese Earthenware & Engraved Brass Mounts

Java, Indonesia
19th century

height: 21cm, width 24cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.