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.

            6812

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              Rare Pair of Large, Igbo Woman’s Brass Anklets (Ogba)

              Igbo People, Nigeria
              19th century

              diameter: approximately 34.5cm, height: 11.9cm, combined weight: 2,990g (1,498g and 1,492g)

              Provenance

              private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

              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

                      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)

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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

                                                          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.