Our catalogue > East-West Trade & Colonial Antiques

Shown here are Spanish, Dutch & other colonial works of art & luxury goods made in Asia and occasionally South America, for local Europeans or for the market in Europe itself, typically in the 17th & 18th centuries. Other trade-related items also are shown. Many items are from the Dutch East Indies, Sri Lanka or India. But colonial silver from South America also is included.

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9249

Superb Pair of Mughal Silver Rosewater Sprinklers & Dishes

Mughal or Northern India
17th-18th century

overal height: approximately 30.5cm, diameter of dishes: 17cm, combined weight: 1,120g

Provenance

UK art market

9369

Rare Swahili Coast Silver & Gold Pendant & Necklace

Lamu, (Kenya), Swahili Coast, East Africa
19th century

width of pendant: 13cm, weight: 145g

Provenance

UK art market

7135

Spanish Colonial Silver Holy Water Stoup or Aspersorium (Acetre)

Spanish Colonial Peru or Mexico
18th century

height (from the ring of the handle to the base): 23.5cm, width: approximately 11cm, weight: 190g

Provenance

UK art market

7124

Superb Vizagapatam Ebony Box overlaid with Tortoiseshell & Etched Ivory Veneer with Silver Mounts

Vizagapatam, India
circa 1750

height: 8.8cm, width: 27.9cm, depth: 19cm, weight: 1,650g

Provenance

private collection, England.

8892

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

China
circa 1850

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

Provenance

UK art market

9364

Colonial Spanish Peruvian Silver Crucifix

Spanish Colonial Peru
circa 1800

length: 16.2cm, width: 11.1cm, weight: 138g

Provenance

UK art market

9193

Early Spanish Colonial Mexican Chest

Puebla or Campeche, Spanish Colonial Mexico
early 17th century

width: 64cm, depth: 26.5cm, height: 36cm

Provenance

private collection, London

9081

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

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

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

Provenance

UK art market; Sotheby's New York

9038

Rare, Large Pair of Swahili Coast Silver Ear Plugs for Musk Perfume

Swahili Coast, probably Lamu & Pate Islands
19th-early 20th century

diameter: 6cm, thickness: 2.5cm, combined weight (of silver): 68g

Provenance

UK art market

8844

Sri Lankan Christian Communion Set with Kandyan Silver

Sri Lanka
circa 1920

height (of case): 19.5cm, width (of case) 25.2cm, depth: 18.3cm, height (of chalice): 11.2cm, diameter (of chalice): 8.8cm, diameter (of paten): 11.4cm, weight (of chalice): 159g, weight (of paten): 66g

Provenance

UK art market

8972

Indo-Portuguese Bezoar Stone with Silver Mounts & Chain

India, probably Goa, & possibly Ottoman Turkey
circa 1700

overall length: 10.1cm, width of stone: 2.9cm, weight: 11g

Provenance

UK art market

1716

Dutch Colonial Amboyna Wood & Red Lacquer Betel Box with Silver Mounts

Batavia, Dutch East Indies
late 17th-early 18th century

height: 8.8cm, length: 20cm, depth: 14.5cm, weight: 794g

Provenance

collection of Paul Walter; Spink, London

8938

Dutch Colonial Batavian Silver Filigree Box

Dutch East Indies (Batavia) or India
18th century

height: 3.1cm, width: 7.2cm, depth: 5.3cm, weight: 105g

Provenance

UK art market

8611

Fine, Brisé-style Chinese Silver-Gilt Filigree Fan

Guangdong (Canton), China
circa 1830

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

Provenance

UK art matrket

8886

Carved Wooden Portrait of a Young Balinese Man

Bali, Indonesia
circa 1930

height: approximately 25cm, width: 23cm, depth: approximately 16cm, weight: 2,547g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

4245

Dutch Colonial Chased, Oblong Silver Box

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

length: 14.3cm, width: 7.8cm, height: 3.8cm, weight: 228g

Provenance

UK art market

8608

Dutch Colonial Ebony & Silver Betel Box

Batavia, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
first half of the 18th century

width: 14.8cm, height: 7cm, depth: 10.5cm, weight: 528g

Provenance

UK art market

7115

Silver Filigree Incense Burner (Sahumador) Modelled as a Turkey & set with Coral

Peru, probably Ayucucho
circa 1800

width: 15cm, depth: 14cm, height: 17cm, weight: 576g

Provenance

UK art market

7084

Ethiopian Steel Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th century

length: 25.5cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 183g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

7085

Ethiopian Brass Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th century

length: 21.2cm, width: 10.2cm, weight: 129g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

7081

Ethiopian Iron Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
circa 17th-18th century

length: 27cm, width: 10cm, weight: 162g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

8739

Chinese Carved Mother-of-Pearl Shell

China
19th century

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

Provenance

UK art market

8639

Colonial Indian Silver Cup by Pittar & Co.

Calcutta, India
1831-1848

height: 11.5cm, width: 8.5cm, depth (including handle): 11.4cm, weight: 265g

Provenance

private collection, England

7198

Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Silver Bezoar Stone Box

West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
circa 1700

height: 6cm, diameter: 4.5cm, weight: 45g

7098

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

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

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

Provenance

UK art market

4230

Carved Steatite Female Nomoli Figure

Sierra Leone
15th century or earlier

height: 21cm, width: 8.5cm, weight: 1,645g

Provenance

Estate Collection of Seward Kennedy, London, UK.

8462

Mapuche Silver Head Ornament or Necklace (Trarilonco)

Mapuche People, Chile
19th century

length: 55cm, weight: 179g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

7308

Mapuche Silver Sequil de Tubos Pendants

Mapuche People, Chile
19th century

length: 9.5cm, width: 5.8cm, combined weight: 89g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

4078

Rare Agate Box with Chased Silver Mounts

India, perhaps Goa
circa 1700

height: 13.3cm, length: 14cm, depth: 10.1cm, weight: 1,127g

Provenance

UK art market; European collection.

6734

Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Snuff Box with Silver Filigree & Enamel

Dutch Colonial - Batavia, Dutch East Indies, or China
18th century

width: 7.4cm, depth: 5cm, height: 3.1cm, weight: 56g

Provenance

UK art market

6716

Dutch Colonial Carved Ebony Bible Box

Dutch Colonial Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
18th century

width: 23.2cm, depth: 16.1cm, height: 7.5cm, weight: 780g

Provenance

UK art market

6765

Fine Dutch Colonial Batavian Silver Filigree Box & Cover

Dutch East Indies, Batavia or West Coast of Sumatra
circa 1700

width: 9.8cm, height: approximately 5.9cm, weight: 276g

Provenance

UK art market

6728

Historically Important Colonial Silver Standing Cup Relating to the British Conquest of Java, 1811, Inscribed & Dated

colonial silversmith either in India, probably Calcutta, or Batavia, East Indies.
circa 1810

height: approximately 55cm, width: 38.5cm, depth: 26cm, weight: 5,550g

Provenance

Collection of Julian Sands (UK); previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

6578

Dutch Colonial Silver Betel Box & Key

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

width: 14.7cm, depth: 9.9cm, height: 6cm, weight: 586g

Provenance

UK art market

6803

Rare Sri Lankan Horn & Silver Box

Sri Lanka
18th-19th century

width: 10.2cm, height: 11cm, depth: 5.2cm, weight: 58g

Provenance

UK art Market

6528

Exceptional Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Fine Silver Mounts

Dutch Colonial East Indies, either Malay, Sumatra or Batavia (Indonesia today)
18th century

height: 8.1cm, length: 19cm, depth: 13.3cm

Provenance

UK art market

6389

Rare, Indo-Portuguese Ceremonial Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Basket

Indo-Portuguese Goa, India
second half of the 17th century

height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g

Provenance

previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

5656

Rare Gujarati Silk Trade Shawl with Rare Tax Stamps

Gujarat, Western India
late 18th century

152.5cm x 151cm

Provenance

UK art market

6251

Exceptional, Rare & Large Dutch East Indies Pandan-Shaped Silver Filigree Toiletry Set, Box, Cover & Tray

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

diameter of tray: 28cm, diameter of box: 19.5cm, height of assembled set: 15.8cm, weight: 2,254g (2.254kg)

Provenance

private collection, London; acquired in London prior to that.

6139

Colonial Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

probably Colonial Sri Lanka
18th century

height: 12cm, diameter: 11cm weight: 167g

Provenance

UK art market

6113

Colonial Vizagapatam Ivory-Inlaid Portable Writing Box

Vizagapatam, India
1720-30

width: 43.6cm, depth: 34cm, height: 11.4cm

Provenance

private collection, London.

6144

Colonial Spanish Powder Flask (Yesquero)

Colonial Spanish, Argentina
19th century

length: 7cm (not taking into account the curve), weight: 27.59g

Provenance

UK art market

6107

Fine & Large Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

probably India
18th-early 19th century

diameter: 27.5cm, height: 4cm, weight: 573g

Provenance

UK art market

5533

Dutch Colonial Silver Betel Box

Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
18th century

length: 17.7cm, height: 7.1cm, depth: 12.3cm, weight: 975g

Provenance

UK art market

5988

Fine, Colonial South American Silver Toothpick Holder

Peru or Bolivia, Colonial South America
18th century

height: 11.8cm, weight: 124g

Provenance

UK art market

5562

Colonial Satinwood Box with Pierced Silver Mounts

Colonial Jamaica
18th century

length: 25cm, depth: 16.1cm, height: 10cm

Provenance

UK art market; the Lawrence Family of Wiltshire, England, and Jamaica.

5671

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

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

height: 9.6cm, weight: 66.8g

Provenance

private collection, UK

3791

Dutch Colonial Betel Box of Amboyna Wood & Pierced Silver Mounts

Batavia, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
18th century

height: 9cm, length: 19.5cm, depth: 13.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5038

Pair of Colonial Carved Wooden, Iron & Leather Stirrups

Mexico or Chile
18th-19th century

height of wooden section of each stirrup: 25cm, width: 22cm, depth: 15.5cm, length of leather strap: 38cm

Provenance

UK art market

4796

Silver Filigree Incense Burner (Sahumador) Modelled as a Turkey

Peru, probably Ayucucho
circa 1820

height: 14.6cm, depth: 15.6cm, weight: 564g

Provenance

UK art market

1671

Large, Colonial Spanish Twin-Handled Serving Dish

Colonial Spanish South America, probably Argentina
18th century

length: 46cm (with handles extended), width: 25.5cm, height: 5.5cm, weight: 854g

Provenance

European private collection

3785

Engraved Reliquary Silver Cross

Spain or Portugal
17th century

height: 9.4cm, with: 6.5cm, thickness: 0.7cm, weight: 26g

Provenance

UK art market

1656

Finely Carved Sri Lankan Eight-Sided Ebony Measure or Staff

Sri Lanka
17th-18th century

length: 41cm, diameter: 2.8cm

Provenance

UK art market

3616

Tortoiseshell Box with Fitted Compartments & Gilded Mounts

Galle District, Sri Lanka
circa 1870

length: 19cm, depth: 14.3cm, height: 7cm, weight: 608g

Provenance

UK art market

1547

Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand

Argentina
18th-19th century

height: 14cm, weight: 290g

Provenance

European private collection

1679

Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand

Bolivia
late 18th century

height: 16cm, weight: 287g

Provenance

European private collection

3859

Spanish Colonial Silver Candlestick

Spanish Colonial South America, probably Peru
17th-18th century

height: 24cm, diameter: 15.3cm, weight: 618g

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician spent much of his professional life practicing in Singapore. He amassed a large collection of Chinese jade, porcelain and ethnographica during that time.

3520

Dutch Colonial Silver Filigree Heart-Shaped Box

Dutch East Indies, possibly Batavia or Sumatra
18th century

length: 7cm, width: 5.5cm, height: 2.5cm, weight: 91g

Provenance

UK art market

1714

Rare Colonial Indian Carved Croquet Mallet with Chased Silver Mounts

Bombay, India
19th century

length: 86cm, width of head: 14.8cm

Provenance

UK art market

3173

Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

Galle, Sri Lanka
circa 1800

height: 10.3cm, length: 27.3cm, depth: 19cm

Provenance

UK art market

1843

Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

Calcutta, India
1843-1855

length: 19cm, weight: 254g

Provenance

UK art market

1715

Exceptionally Fine Indian Deccan Parcel-Gilt Silver Filigree Pandan

Deccan, India
18th century

height: 5cm, length: 9.6cm, weight: 77g

Provenance

UK art market

1108

Carved Tsonga Bowl attributed to Muhlati

Tsonga, Mozambique
late 19th century

height: 38cm, width: 18cm

Provenance

UK art market.

1010

Sri Lankan Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Engraved, Parcel-gilt Silver Mounts

Sri Lanka
late 18th century

length: 16cm, width: 12cm, height: 5.2cm, weight: 305g

Provenance

UK art market

1085

Brass Colonial Spanish or Dutch Stirrups

Spanish South America or Dutch Suriname
17th-19th century

both each approximately 27cm in length & 12.5cm in height; weights: 1348g and 1324g

Provenance

European art market.

1101

Spanish Colonial Tooled Leather & Wood Chest with Iron Fittings (Petaca)

Peru
late 17th century

length: 50cm, width: 39cm, height: 28cm

Provenance

UK art market.

3007

Carved Colonial Bone Infant Jesus

India, probably Goa
18th century

length: 8cm height: 3.5cm

Provenance

UK art market; most probably the item has been in the UK since colonial times.