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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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

    7075

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      Fine, Spanish Colonial Silver Horse Crop Handle

      Argentina
      19th century

      length: 28.1cm, weight: 375g

      Provenance

      UK art market

      7083

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        Ethiopian Brass & Pierced Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

        Ethiopia
        19th century

        height: 24.5cm, width: 9.1cm, weight: 160g

        Provenance

        private collection, Scotland.

        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

          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

            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

              6716

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                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

                7025

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                  Sri Lankan Colonial Coromandel Wood Box

                  Sri Lanka
                  early 19th century

                  width: 23cm, depth: 14cm, height: 9.2cm, weight: 814g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6704

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                    Exceptional Sri Lankan Colonial Coromandel (Calamander) 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

                          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

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                                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 or Ryukyu Islands
                                    18th century

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

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                                    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.

                                            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

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                                              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

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                                                                  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

                                                                          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

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                                                                                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

                                                                                            1671

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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

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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

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                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  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.