Selected here are items from our stock with surprising stories. Indeed, the best way to summarise our business is that we sell stories – with an object attached. The objects chosen here are designed to pass the ‘dinner party test’ – bring the item out after dinner and people note it out of politeness but then tell them what it is or how it was used and watch as they become enthralled by the item and how it ignites discussion.
Click on each item and read its story – discover why we think it is interesting and worthy of note.
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Enquiry about object: 5004
Deccan, India 18th-19th century
length of each: 11.8cm, width: 7.3cm, height: 7cm, combined weights: 677g
Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.
Enquiry about object: 4752
Ottoman Turkey 19th century
heights (without upper straps): 15.2cm, overall heights: 19.5cm, length: 23.2cm
UK art market
Enquiry about object: 5724
Zulu People, South Africa circa 1940
diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm
private collection, UK
Enquiry about object: 3914
Bontoc or Ifugao People, Northern Luzon, Philippines 19th–early 20th century
height: 12cm, diameter: 10.5cm
private European collection.
Enquiry about object: 2185
Chambri Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea early 20th century
height: 42cm, width: 25.5cm
Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.
Enquiry about object: 3466
West Country, England 18th-19th century
heights (approx.) 30cm each, and 40cm for the king pin
UK private collection
Enquiry about object: 2993
Cochin (Kochi), Kerala, India 20th century
length: 6.5cm, height: 5.3cm, weight: 40g
UK private collection; acquired by the owner in Kerala.
Enquiry about object: 4366
Orissa & Bengal, India 18th & 19th centuries
length of the longest: 11.2cm, diameter of largest: 8cm
UK art market
Enquiry about object: 3932
Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia early 20th century
height: 4.6cm, length: 10.2cm, width: 4.1cm, weight: 51g
Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.
Enquiry about object: 1595
Solomon Islands circa 1900
height: 62cm, width: 33cm, depth: 19.5cm
Adam Prout, London.