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)

    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

        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 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

                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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                                          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

                                              2219

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                                                Yoruba Carved Wooden Divination Bowl

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

                                                height: 14.2cm, diameter: 19cm

                                                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)

                                                  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.