Our catalogue > Sri Lankan Antiques

“The (people) of Ceylon are very crafty and grand artists in the working of gold, silver, ivory, iron and all metals, which is a marvel to see, and which is held in very high esteem through all India, and carries a price above that of all other Indians.”

–  so said the Dutch merchant & traveller Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563-1611), writing around 1584.

Some of the most beautiful luxury goods made anywhere in the 16th-18th century came from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and some of the fine examples that we have had are now in public museums in the US, France, Australia & Singapore.

Each of our pieces has been sourced from within the UK, typically from old, private collections.

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6505

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    Rare Pair of Wooden Supports Carved as Sri Lankan or South Indian Chetties or Ascetics

    South India or Sri Lanka
    circa 18th century

    height of each: 98.7cm

    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

      5994

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        Carved, Solid Ivory Rosewater Sprinkler with Engraved & Coloured Decoration & Original Carved Wooden Case

        India or Sri Lanka
        circa 1860

        height of sprinkler: 23.4cm, height of wooden case: 26.6cm

        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

          3381

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            Sri Lankan Silver Betel Lime Box (Killotaya)

            Sri Lanka
            18th-19th century

            height: 6.6cm, weight: 77g

            Provenance

            French 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

              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

                6697

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                  Magnificent & Large Sri Lankan Cobra Demon (Maha Raksa) Dance Mask

                  Sinhala people, Coastal Sri Lanka
                  19th century

                  height: approximately 79cm (without stand), width: 62cm

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  6690

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                    Sri Lankan Seated Bronze Buddha

                    Sri Lanka
                    Kandyan Period, 18th century

                    height: 11.4cm, width: 9cm, depth: 4.1cm, weight: 725g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    6517

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                      Sri Lankan Silver & Gold Brooch

                      Southern Coast, Sri Lanka
                      circa 1900

                      dimensions: 5.2cm x 5cm, weight: 19g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      6680

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                        Pair of Sri Lankan or South Indian Yali Door Plates

                        Sri Lanka or South India
                        circa 18th century

                        length (each): 16.5cm, width: 13.7cm, combined weight: 1,041g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6392

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                          Kingdom of Kandy Brass Plaque Emblem

                          Kandy, Sri Lanka
                          Kandyan Period, 18th-19th century

                          width: 15.5cm, height: 11.4cm, weight: 38g

                          Provenance

                          from the collection of Sir Christopher Ondaatje, UK.

                          6454

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                            Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Box Decorated with Bherunda Motifs

                            Kandy, Sri Lanka
                            circa 1890

                            length: 21.2cm, width: 10.5cm, height: 8.5cm, weight: 530g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            6448

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                              Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

                              Galle, Sri Lanka
                              circa 1840

                              length: 22.7cm, depth: 10.1cm, height: 8.8cm

                              Provenance

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

                              6447

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                                Sri Lankan Carved Ebony Box

                                Galle, Sri Lanka
                                circa 1840

                                length: 22.8cm, depth: 10.2cm, height: 8.9cm

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                4649

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                                  Nine Sri Lankan Gem-Set Silver & Gold Hair Pins (Kondakoora)

                                  Sri Lanka
                                  19th-early 20th century

                                  lengths: 9.1cm-12.2cm

                                  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

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                                    Provenance

                                    Christie's; Dutch art market

                                    6275

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                                      Pair of Sri Lankan Pierced Gilded Silver Bracelets set with Zircons

                                      Coastal regions, Sri Lanka
                                      early 20th century

                                      internal diameters: 4.8cm x 4.2cm, combined weight: 78g

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market

                                      4584

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                                        Large Kandyan Period Cast Brass Standing Buddha

                                        Sri Lanka
                                        18th century

                                        height without stand (32cm), with stand: 38cm

                                        Provenance

                                        private collection, UK. The previous owner built up a collection of Buddha images mostly from old UK colonial sources, and did so over a long lifetime.

                                        1647

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                                          Fine, South Indian Silver Bracelet

                                          South India or Sri Lanka
                                          19th century

                                          external width: 9.8cm, internal width at widest point: 6.8cm, weight: 156g

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          5991

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                                            Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Bracelet with Applied Work

                                            Sri Lanka
                                            18th-19th century

                                            internal diameter: 3.9cm-4.5cm, external length at widest point: 8.5cm, weight: 97g

                                            Provenance

                                            UK 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

                                              4717

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                                                Sri Lankan Standing Brass Image of the Buddhist Protector Upulvan (Vishnu)

                                                Sri Lanka
                                                19th century

                                                height: 40.3cm

                                                Provenance

                                                UK art market

                                                5938

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                                                  Sri Lankan Pierced Silver & Gilt Bracelet set with Zircons & an Amethyst

                                                  Coastal regions, Sri Lanka
                                                  circa 1920

                                                  width of face: 3.7cm, internal diameter: 5.1cm, weight: 37.4g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  Art Market, Scotland

                                                  4401

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                                                    Very Fine Chased Silver Parasol or Cane Handle

                                                    Sri Lanka
                                                    19th century

                                                    length of silverwork: 21.5cm, overall weight: 140g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market

                                                    6119

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                                                      Elegant & Early Sri Lankan Bracelet

                                                      Sri Lanka
                                                      18th-19th century

                                                      internal diameter at widest point: 5.9cm, external diameter: 8cm, weight: 54g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK art market

                                                      4089

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                                                        Porcelain Snuff Bottle with Silver Mounts

                                                        Sri Lanka
                                                        18th-19th century

                                                        height: 5.3cm, diameter: 4.3cm

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private collection, London.

                                                        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

                                                          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.

                                                            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

                                                              3024

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                                                                Sri Lankan Polychrome Pottery Tile

                                                                Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                1800-1850

                                                                diameter: 27cm

                                                                Provenance

                                                                UK art market

                                                                5607

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                                                                  Fine, Sri Lankan Silver Bracelet

                                                                  Sri Lanka
                                                                  19th century

                                                                  Internal diameter: 5.7cm, width at widest point: 2cm, weight: 49.6g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  UK art market

                                                                  4245

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                                                                    Sri Lankan Chased, Oblong Silver Box

                                                                    Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                    circa 1900

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

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    UK art market

                                                                    1591

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                                                                      Colonial Sri Lankan Settee

                                                                      Galle District, Sri Lanka
                                                                      circa 1840

                                                                      length: 135cm, height: 80cm, depth: 61cm

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      from a collection in southern England.

                                                                      5416

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                                                                        Sri Lankan Brass Model of a Kandyan Noble

                                                                        Sri Lanka
                                                                        19th century

                                                                        height: 26cm, weight: 1,364g

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        2727

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                                                                          Sri Lankan Silver ‘Moonstone’ Dish

                                                                          Kandy, Sri Lanka
                                                                          circa 1920

                                                                          diameter: 20.8cm, weight: 262g

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          UK art market

                                                                          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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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.

                                                                                960

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                                                                                  Large Ceremonial Brass Tazza (Dalumura Tatuva)

                                                                                  Sri Lanka
                                                                                  19th century

                                                                                  height: 25cm, diameter: 31.2cm, weight: 3.78kg

                                                                                  Provenance

                                                                                  UK art market

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    2364

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                                                                                      Indian or Sri Lankan Long-Spouted Brass Temple Oil Ewer

                                                                                      Sri Lanka or South India
                                                                                      18th-19th century

                                                                                      height: 40cm, weight: 1,988g

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        2694

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                                                                                          Sri Lankan Silver Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’ & Coral

                                                                                          Southern Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka
                                                                                          circa 1900

                                                                                          length: 6cm, width: 3.8cm, weight: 19g

                                                                                          Provenance

                                                                                          UK art market

                                                                                          2695

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                                                                                            Sri Lankan ‘Star Burst’ Brooch set with Matara ‘Diamonds’

                                                                                            Southern Coast, Sri Lanka
                                                                                            circa 1900

                                                                                            dimensions: 7cm x 7cm, weight: 29g

                                                                                            Provenance

                                                                                            UK art market