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)

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              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

                      6970

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                        Exceptional Kandyan Gilded & Silvered Brass Standing Buddha & Painted Wooden Mounts

                        Kandy, Sri Lanka
                        18th century

                        height of wooden mount: 43.7cm, width: 19cm; height of statue: 28cm; weight of wooden mount: 1,923g, weight of statue: 1,625g

                        Provenance

                        UK 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

                          6491

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                            Lucknow Court Embroidered Zari & Silk Shawl

                            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

                                  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

                                                          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.