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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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

    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

      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

        6681

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          Tall Mongolian Silver Ewer inset with Coral, Turquoise & Lapis Luzuli

          Mongolia
          late 19th century or early 20th century

          height: 46.5cm, width: 27cm, depth: 13cm, weight: 1,754g

          Provenance

          private collection, Channel Islands.

          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

              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

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                UK art market

                6408

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                  Chinese Eighteen-Bead Rosary-Bracelet of Carved Jade, Pearls, Tourmaline & Gilded Silver in Original Box

                  China
                  late 19th century or early 20th century (late Qing Dynasty)

                  diameter of bracelet component: 8cm, length of rosary: 22.5cm, weight: 55g, diameter of box: 12.5cm, height of box: 4cm

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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

                    6263

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                      Pair of Chinese Gilded Silver & Jade Earrings

                      China
                      late 19th-early 20th century, Late Qing Dynasty

                      diameter of silver hoop: 2.7cm, combined weight: 11.1g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

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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

                              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

                                                      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

                                                            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.

                                                              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

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                                                                        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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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.