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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6773

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    Exceptional, Early Tanimbar Ancestor Figure

    Tanimbar, Southeast Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia
    18th century

    height: 16.4cm, width: 5.4cm, depth: 4.5cm

    Provenance

    Private Collection, Northern England; acquired by the previous owners from an antiques fair, York, England, circa 1980

    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)

      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)

        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.

        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

          6797

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            Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

            Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
            19th-early 20th century

            height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

            Provenance

            Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

            7118

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              Rare Pair of Bukharan Gold Ear Pendants (Kadjak) set with Pearls & Coloured Stones

              Bukhara, Uzkekistan (Central Asia)
              19th century-early 20th century

              length (including twisted silver wire): 14.6cm, combined weight: 32g

              Provenance

              private collection, Germany.

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      Provenance

                      private collection, Greece/UK

                      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

                        6491

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                          Exceptional Lucknow Court Embroidered Zari & Silk Shawl or Sash

                          Lucknow, India
                          circa 1800

                          length: 257cm, width: 35.5cm, weight: 250g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          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

                            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)

                              Provenance

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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        Reserved

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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

                                              Provenance

                                              Private Collection, London, UK.

                                              5840

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                                                Mongolian Polychrome Dancing Citipati Group

                                                Mongolia
                                                19th century

                                                height: 60cm, width: 53cm

                                                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

                                                  Reserved

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK art market

                                                      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)

                                                        Reserved

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private collection, Ireland.