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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5217

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    Two Mughal Engraved Gilded Silver Boxes inset with Tortoiseshell Panels

    North India
    circa 1740

    length of largest box: 9.5cm, width: 8.8cm, height: 3.3cm, weight: 183g; length of smaller box: 7.5cm, width: 6.7cm, height: 1.8cm, weight: 98g

    Provenance

    Scottish art market

    6385

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      Colonial French Oil Painting of Muhammad Ali Pasha, Ottoman Governor of Egypt & the Sudan, with White Slaves

      Colonial France or France
      circa 1820

      height: 42.2cm, width: 55cm; with frame – height: 48cm, width: 61cm

      Provenance

      UK art market

      6704

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        Exceptional Sri Lankan Colonial Coromandel Wood Box

        Sri Lanka
        circa late 18th century

        width: 34.9cm, height: 13.3cm, depth: 24.7cm, weight: 3,092g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6765

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          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

          6847

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            Pair of Silver-Gilt Colonial Altar Cruets (Vinajeras)

            Spanish or Portuguese Colonial, possibly Mexico
            circa 17th century

            height: 11.2cm, combined weight: 309g

            Provenance

            UK art market

            6605

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              Pair of Indian Parcel-Gilt Matthew Boulton-Style Silver Filigree Candle Vases

              Made in India for the English Market
              circa 1770

              heights: 21.2cm, combined weight: 1,324g

              Provenance

              US art market

              6611

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                Portuguese-Thai Lacquered Box with Braganza Cross Mother-of-Pearl & Glass Inlay

                Thailand, probably Ayutthaya, & Portugal
                17th-18th century

                length: 26.6cm, depth: 14.8cm, height: 13.2cm, weight: 936g

                Provenance

                Portuguese art market

                6728

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                  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

                  private collection, UK; previously sold at Sotheby's London, 1991.

                  6578

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                    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

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                      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

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                        Exceptional Dutch Colonial Tortoiseshell Betel Box with Fine Silver Mounts

                        Dutch Colonial East Indies, probably Batavia (Indonesia today)
                        18th century

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

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6585

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                          Colonial Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquered Box with Chased Silver Mounts

                          Dutch East Indies, Batavia/Sumatra, or Vietnam
                          18th century

                          length: 21.2cm, depth: 11cm, height: 11.2cm, weight: 499g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          6538

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                            Dutch Colonial Ivory Box with Silver Mounts

                            Batavia, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)
                            18th century

                            length: 13.9cm, depth: 6.9cm, height: 4.3cm

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            6389

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                              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

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                                Rare Gujarati Silk Trade Shawl with Rare Tax Stamps

                                Gujarat, Western India
                                late 18th century

                                152.5cm x 151cm

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                6251

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                                  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.

                                  6123

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                                    Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

                                    Goa, India
                                    circa 1750

                                    height: 28.3cm, length: 32cm, width: 13.7cm, weight: 1.295g

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    1292

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                                      Woven Cane Jewellery Basket with Brass Mounts (Vel-pettiya)

                                      Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                      18th-19th century

                                      height: 19cm, width: 23.3cm, weight: 620g

                                      Provenance

                                      Christie's; Dutch art market

                                      6139

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                                        Colonial Silver-Mounted Coconut Cup

                                        probably Colonial Sri Lanka
                                        18th century

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

                                        Provenance

                                        UK art market

                                        6113

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                                          Colonial Vizagapatam Ivory-Inlaid Portable Writing Box

                                          Vizagapatam, India
                                          1720-30

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

                                          Provenance

                                          private collection, London.

                                          848

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                                            Rare, Finely Carved Coconut Money Box with Silver Mounts (Alcancia)

                                            Spanish Colonial Guatemala
                                            18th century

                                            height: 18cm, length: 19cm, weight: 437g

                                            Provenance

                                            European antiques market.

                                            6217

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                                              Indian Gold-Inlaid, Koftgari-work Cross

                                              Northern India
                                              circa 1865

                                              height: 8.4cm, width: 5.6cm, weight: 22g

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              6199

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                                                Spanish Colonial Silver Stirrup

                                                Spanish Colonial Alto Peru
                                                18th century

                                                height: 18cm, width: 13.3cm, depth: 13.4cm, weight: 732g

                                                Provenance

                                                London art market, previously acquired in Ghent, Belgium

                                                5700

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                                                  Dutch Colonial Silver Filigree Box & Cover

                                                  Dutch Colonial Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
                                                  17th-18th century

                                                  length: 21.2cm, depth: 14cm, height: 7.4cm, weight: 1,108g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  6144

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                                                    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

                                                    6076

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                                                      Large, Colonial Spanish Inscribed Silver Serving Platter

                                                      Colonial Spanish South America, probably Argentina
                                                      18th century

                                                      diameter: 33.8cm, height: 4.4cm, weight: 823g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK art market

                                                      6107

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                                                        Fine & Large Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

                                                        probably India
                                                        18th-early 19th century

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

                                                        Provenance

                                                        UK art market

                                                        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.

                                                          5533

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                                                            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

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                                                              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

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                                                                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.

                                                                5681

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                                                                  Colonial South Indian Gilded, Chased Silver Ink Stand

                                                                  Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, South India
                                                                  circa 1790

                                                                  height: 8cm, diameter: 10cm, weight: 239g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  5710

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                                                                    Dutch Colonial Surinamese Escaped African Slave (Maroons or Bushinengues) Wooden Stool

                                                                    Maroon or Bushinengue People, Suriname, South America
                                                                    19th-early 20th century

                                                                    length: 40cm, height: 29cm, width: 23cm

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    private collection, London.

                                                                    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

                                                                      5076

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                                                                        Indo-Portuguese Parcel-Gilt Pierced Silver Bezoar Stone Box

                                                                        West India, probably Gujarat or Goa
                                                                        circa 1700

                                                                        length: 5cm, diameter: 4.4cm, weight: 48g

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        private collection, UK

                                                                        4572

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                                                                          Batavian Colonial Silver Filigree Tray or Platter

                                                                          Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia; and possibly India
                                                                          17th-18th century

                                                                          length: 42.7cm, width: 24.5cm, height: 3.7cm, weight: 957g

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK art market

                                                                          4078

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                                                                            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.

                                                                            4577

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                                                                              Unusually Large Chased Silver Christian Cross

                                                                              Sri Lanka
                                                                              19th-early 20th century

                                                                              height: 11.8cm, width: 6.6cm, weight: 39g

                                                                              Provenance

                                                                              UK art market

                                                                              4402

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                                                                                Silver Box & Lid Covered in Silver Filigree

                                                                                Ottoman Turkey
                                                                                18th-19th century

                                                                                height: 9.8cm, diameter: 9.3cm, weight: 292g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                3791

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                                                                                  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

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                                                                                    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

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                                                                                      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

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                                                                                        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

                                                                                        4052

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                                                                                          Unusually Large, Silver Filigree Betel Box

                                                                                          Dutch East Indies, or possibly India
                                                                                          circa 1700

                                                                                          length: 22.3cm, width: 16cm, height: 10cm, weight: 1,675g

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          Private London collection (estate)

                                                                                          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

                                                                                            4618

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                                                                                              Colonial Calamander Wood Document Box with Fine Silver Mounts

                                                                                              Sri Lanka
                                                                                              18th century

                                                                                              length: 24.5cm, height: 11cm, depth: 18cm

                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                              UK art market

                                                                                              3785

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                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                    4658

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                                                                                                      Finely Carved South Indian Nut with Silver Mounts

                                                                                                      South India, probably Madras
                                                                                                      circa 1800

                                                                                                      length: 10.2cm, weight: 108g

                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                      UK art market

                                                                                                      1547

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                                                                                                        Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand

                                                                                                        Argentina
                                                                                                        18th-19th century

                                                                                                        height: 14cm, weight: 290g

                                                                                                        Provenance

                                                                                                        European private collection

                                                                                                        1668

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                                                                                                          Spanish Colonial Silver Copy of a Chinese Pan Iron

                                                                                                          probably Argentina
                                                                                                          circa 18th century

                                                                                                          length: 18.3cm, height: 5.6cm, weight: 371g

                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                          European private collection

                                                                                                          1679

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                                                                                                            Spanish Colonial Silver Mate Cup & Stand

                                                                                                            Bolivia
                                                                                                            late 18th century

                                                                                                            height: 16cm, weight: 287g

                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                            European private collection

                                                                                                            3859

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                                                                                                              Spanish Colonial Silver Candlestick

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

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

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                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              3132

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                                                                                                                Rare Colonial South American Allegorical Emerald & Diamond Pendant

                                                                                                                Spanish Colonial or Spain
                                                                                                                18th century

                                                                                                                height: 5.2cm, width: 3.5cm, weight: 28g

                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                                                4614

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                                                                                                                  Colonial Silver Filigree Lidded Box & Tray

                                                                                                                  Dutch East Indies, probably Batavia
                                                                                                                  18th century

                                                                                                                  length of tray: 11.5cm, length of box: 9.3cm, combined weight: 153g

                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                  : UK art market

                                                                                                                  3229

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                                                                                                                    Colonial Batavian Silver & Gilt Betel Box Set

                                                                                                                    Batavia, Dutch East Indies
                                                                                                                    early 19th century

                                                                                                                    length of box: 21.3cm, depth: 13.6cm, height: 7cm, combined weight: 1,159g

                                                                                                                    Provenance

                                                                                                                    UK art market

                                                                                                                    3520

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                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                      2869

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                                                                                                                        Colonial Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

                                                                                                                        Galle, Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                        circa 1830

                                                                                                                        length: 28cm, depth: 20.5cm, height: 13.5cm

                                                                                                                        Provenance

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

                                                                                                                        2010

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                                                                                                                          Highly Unusual Madurese Kris with Ebony Scabbard and Hilt Carved as a Dutch Resident, and with a Pegon Inscription

                                                                                                                          Madura, Indonesia
                                                                                                                          circa 1820

                                                                                                                          length: 49.5cm, length of blade: 32cm

                                                                                                                          Reserved

                                                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                                                          1712

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                                                                                                                            Massive Dutch Colonial Sri Lankan Ebony-Inlaid Teak Document Box

                                                                                                                            Dutch Colonial Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                            late 17th-18th century

                                                                                                                            length: 72cm, depth: 51cm, height: 15.5cm

                                                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                                                            The Lairds of Blair, Blair Castle, Scotland.

                                                                                                                            1714

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                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

                                                                                                                                Galle, Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                                circa 1800

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

                                                                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                                                                UK art market

                                                                                                                                1843

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                                                                                                                                  Colonial Indian Silver Brandy Warmer by Lattey Brothers & Co.

                                                                                                                                  Calcutta, India
                                                                                                                                  1843-1855

                                                                                                                                  length: 19cm, weight: 254g

                                                                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                                                                  1715

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                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                      Carved Tsonga Bowl attributed to Muhlati

                                                                                                                                      Tsonga, Mozambique
                                                                                                                                      late 19th century

                                                                                                                                      height: 38cm, width: 18cm

                                                                                                                                      Provenance

                                                                                                                                      UK art market.

                                                                                                                                      1716

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                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                        1010

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                                                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                              Spanish Colonial Tooled Leather & Wood Chest with Iron Fittings

                                                                                                                                              Peru
                                                                                                                                              late 17th century

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

                                                                                                                                              Provenance

                                                                                                                                              UK art market.

                                                                                                                                              3007

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                                                                                                                                                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.