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

      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

                                  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