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Chinese Art, including Export Art
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Cloisonné Inkwell
China
late 18th century
Inventory no.: 921
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Terracotta Funerary Tile (Huaxiangzhuan) of an Elephant & Elephant Tamer
China
Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 AD
Inventory no. 1563
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Unusually Large Carved Mother-of-Pearl Snuff Box Depicting Napoleon's Tomb with Silver Mounts
Canton, China
circa 1820
Inventory no.: 1813
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'Red & Gold' Ancestral Shrine Cabinet
Straits Chinese, Straits Settlements
19th century
Inventory no.: 1944
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Pair of Solid Ivory Wrist Rests for the Scholar’s Table
China
Qing Dynasty, 19th century
Inventory no.: 2086
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from India itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were brought to
the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been a major
destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.


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Gilded, Cast Copper Alloy Image of Maitreya
Central Tibet
15th century
Inventory no.: 2340
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Cloisonné and Silver Eating Bowl
Chinese made for the Tibet Market
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 2445
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Pair of Gold Pendant Earrings
China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century
Inventory no.: 2492
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Pair of Gold Earrings
China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century
Inventory no.: 2493
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Pair of Gilded Silver Dragon-Fish Shaped Earrings
China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century
Inventory no.: 2491
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Pair of Fine, Engraved Gilded-Silver Serpent Bracelets
China
Liao Dynasty, 10th century
Inventory no.: 2495
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Pair of Fine, Engraved Gilded-Silver Bracelets
China
Liao Dynasty, 10-12th century
Inventory no.: 2496
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Unusually Large Tortoiseshell Comb
Canton, China
first half of the 19th century
Inventory no.: 2785
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Gilded Bronze Belt Buckle Set with Wuzhu Coins
China
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 2788
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Scholar’s Mounted Lingzhi Fungus
China
19th century
Inventory no.: 2776
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Wooden and Lacquered Tomb Guardian Figure (Zhenmushou)
Southern China
Warring States Period  475-221 BC
(Dating verified with Radiocarbon analysis)
Inventory no.: 2868
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Chinese Export Silver Cotton Reel Holder
Southern China
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3031
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Large Silver Hair Pin
Chinese Minorities, Southern China or Golden Triangle
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2066
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Pair of Silver Earrings
Southern China
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 3254
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Pair of Silver Pendants
Southern China
19th-20th century
Inventory no.: 3255
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Large Chased Silver Hair Pin
China
19th century
Inventory no.: 1824
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Collection of 12 Silver & Silver-Gilt Hairpins
Southern China & Malaysia/Singapore
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3080
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Exceptionally Rare & Early Huanghuali (海南黄檀) Writing Box with Engraved Paktong Mounts
China for the Dutch East India Company (VOC)
circa 1640
Inventory no.: 3153
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Chased Silver Rosewater Sprinkler for the Indian Market
China
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1156
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Very Fine Silver Filigree Visiting Card Case & Box by Khechoungming
Canton (Guangdong), China
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 3245
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Unusual Chinese Export Silver Cheroot Case
Southern China
19th century
Inventory no.: 3402
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Pair of Art Deco Carved Jade Pendant Earrings with Gold Mounts
China
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3512
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Gilded Silver Filigree Flower Posy Holder made for the European market
China
circa 1850
Inventory no.: 3603
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Rare, Fine Silver Filigree Vinaigrette Locket
China
18th century
Inventory no.: 3745
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Kangxi Blue & White Hookah Base with Chased Silver Mounts
China for the Islamic Indian or Persian Market
late 17th-early 18th century
Inventory no.: 3852
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