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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Enquiry about object: 6773
Tanimbar, Southeast Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia 18th century
height: 16.4cm, width: 5.4cm, depth: 4.5cm
Private Collection, Northern England; acquired by the previous owners from an antiques fair, York, England, circa 1980
Enquiry about object: 4115
Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico 14th-15th century
diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)
UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974
Enquiry about object: 6492
Yoruba People, Nigeria circa 1850
length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)
found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.
Enquiry about object: 6797
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
Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.
Enquiry about object: 6697
Sinhala people, Coastal Sri Lanka 19th century
height: approximately 79cm (without stand), width: 62cm
UK art market
Enquiry about object: 6611
Thailand, probably Ayutthaya, & Portugal 17th-18th century
length: 26.6cm, depth: 14.8cm, height: 13.2cm, weight: 936g
Portuguese art market
Enquiry about object: 6505
South India or Sri Lanka circa 18th century
height of each: 98.7cm
UK art market
Enquiry about object: 6521
Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman circa 1900
indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm
private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)
Enquiry about object: 6251
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)
private collection, London; acquired in London prior to that.
Enquiry about object: 5137
Bombay, India 19th century
diamond brooch: 3.4cm x 2.8cm, unmounted portrait: 2.8cm x 2.4cm
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.
Enquiry about object: 6389
Indo-Portuguese Goa, India second half of the 17th century
height: 10.2cm, diameter: 6.6cm, weight: 136g
previously in a private house, Bangkok, Thailand
Enquiry about object: 6243
Maker: Wang Hing, Guangdong (Canton) & Hong Kong, China circa 1890
heights: 11cm, diameters: 24.5cm, weights: 1,083g & 1,087g
from an important private collection, UK.
Enquiry about object: 6184
North Sumatra, Indonesia 19th century
length: 34cm, weight: 475g
private English collection; private Japanese collection.
Enquiry about object: 6541
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
private collection, Netherlands.
Enquiry about object: 5656
Gujarat, Western India late 18th century
152.5cm x 151cm
UK art market
Enquiry about object: 5364
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
Private Collection, London, UK.