Protecting the Past: Rare, Museum Quality Items

This especially curated page draws on some of the finest items that we have in stock right now – items that we feel are worthy of being preserved in museums.

Each piece is of museum quality, and has sound provenance. Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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4115

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Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
14th-15th century

diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

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Provenance

UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

6492

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Very Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Priest’s Costume with Leather & Mirrors

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1850

length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)

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Provenance

found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

6495

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Ethiopian Noble Warrior’s Lion Mane Brocaded Cape & Crown with Gilded Silver Mounts (Lamd & Anfarro)

Ethiopia
circa 1900 or earlier

cape's length: 97cm; crown's width: 19cm

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Provenance

Scottish 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

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Provenance

US art market

6611

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

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

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

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Provenance

Portuguese art market

6607

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Early Pair of China-Trade Woven Cane Silvered Wine Cups

China
17th century

height: 3.2cm, diameter: 6.8cm, combined weight: 50g

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Provenance

Private Collection, Channel Islands

6105

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Chased & Gilded Mughal Pandan Tray inset with Turquoise-Coloured Cabochon Stones

Northern India
circa 1750

length (including handles): 35.4cm, width: 22cm, height: 6cm, weight: 726g

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Provenance

UK art market

6508

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Large, Rare, Central Asian Gilded Silver Koranic Amulet Case set with Banded Agate, Spinels & Coral

Emirate of Bukhara (today, Uzbekistan)
19th century

length: 107cm, width: 31cm, weight: 3,216g

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Provenance

private collection, Greece/UK

6521

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Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
circa 1900

indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

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Provenance

private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

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)

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Provenance

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

6443

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Very Rare Burmese Lacquered Wooden Chess Set

Burma (Myanmar)
19th century

heights: 5cm-7.6cm

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Provenance

UK art market; private collection, England.

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

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Provenance

private collection, UK

6123

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Important Indo-Portuguese Goa Seychelles Nut Vessel with Silver Mounts

Goa, India
circa 1750

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

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Provenance

UK art market

5137

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Gold Parsi (Parsee) Portrait Brooch set with Fifty Diamonds, & another Portrait

Bombay, India
19th century

diamond brooch: 3.4cm x 2.8cm, unmounted portrait: 2.8cm x 2.4cm

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Provenance

from a Parsi family, originally from Bombay, and now based in northern England. The identities of the men featured in the portraits are unknown however.

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

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Provenance

previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand

6243

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Rare & Large Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Wang Hing

Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China
circa 1890

heights: 11cm, diameters: 24.5cm, weights: 1,083g & 1,087g

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Provenance

from an important private collection, UK.

6228

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Pair of Japanese Export Blue & White Wayang Dishes for the Javanese Market

Japan made for the Javanese Market
19th century

diameters: 24.7cm, heights: 4cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

6184

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Fine, Carved Hippopotamus Tooth & Horn Tumbok Lada Dagger

North Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century

length: 34cm, weight: 475g

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Provenance

private English collection; private Japanese collection.

5943

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Maharaja’s Enamelled Heavy Gold Bracelet set with Rubies, Diamonds & an Emerald

India, probably Hyderabad
circa 1750 or earlier

overall length: 17.5cm, dimensions of enamelled plaque: 4cm x 3.2cm, total weight: 137g, diameter as worn: approx. 6cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK

5363

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Javanese Cast Silver Image of Shiva with Bronze Yoni Base

Java, Indonesia
Classical Period, 9th century

height of Shiva: 8.3cm, ensemble height (with stand): 11.6cm, weight of Shiva: 146g

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Provenance

Private Collection, London, UK.

5840

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Mongolian Polychrome Dancing Citipati Group

Mongolia
19th century

height: 60cm, width: 53cm

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Provenance

Private collection, England.

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.

6541

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Spectacular & Large Pair of Mongolian Silver Ear Ornaments or Temporals with Green Malachite & Coral

Khalkha People, Mongolia
19th-early 20th century

length: 32cm, combined weight: 312g

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Provenance

private collection, Netherlands.

5656

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Rare Gujarati Silk Trade Shawl with Rare Tax Stamps

Gujarat, Western India
late 18th century

152.5cm x 151cm

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Provenance

UK art market

2219

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Yoruba Carved Wooden Divination Bowl

Yoruba People, Nigeria
18th-19th century or earlier

height: 14.2cm, diameter: 19cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

5493

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Rare Set of Javanese Merchant’s Double Doors with Javanese Inscription

Java, Indonesia
late 19th century

heights: 183cm, widths: 74cm & 76cm (incl. shared moulding)

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Provenance

London art market

5362

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Srivajaya Cast Bronze Image of Four-Armed Kubera

Palembang region, Sumatra, Indonesia
8th-9th century

height (without stand): 12.2cm, height (with stand): 15cm, weight (without stand): 757g

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Provenance

private collection, London, UK.

5364

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Early Javanese Unusually Large Cast Bronze Buddha

Java or Sumatra, Indonesia, but possibly imported from northern India
Classical Period, 8th century

height (without stand): 21.9cm, width: 17.1cm, depth: 11.8cm, weight: 2,576g

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Provenance

Private Collection, London, UK.

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

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Provenance

UK art market; European 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

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Provenance

Private London collection (estate)

3575

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Superb Balinese Palace Door & Frame

Bali, Indonesia
18th-early 19th century

height: 178cm, width: 110cm

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Provenance

private collection, Ireland.