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.

        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.

          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

              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

                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.

                    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.

                          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.

                            5840

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                              Mongolian Polychrome Dancing Citipati Group

                              Mongolia
                              19th century

                              height: 60cm, width: 53cm

                              Provenance

                              Private collection, England.

                              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

                                  5364

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                                    Early Javanese Unusually Large Cast Bronze Buddha

                                    Java or Sumatra, Indonesia, but most probably 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.