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Christian Art & Antiques from Asia
Indo-Portuguese Solid Ivory Our Lady of the Conception
Goa, India
17th-18th century
Inventory no.: 1444
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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 or Thailand themselves 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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Rare Christian Altar Cross Inlaid with Pearl Shell
Solomon Islands
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1595
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Rare Christian Chinese Printed & Hand-Painted Épinal-Style Scroll
China or Vietnam
19th century
Inventory no.: 2751
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Carved Colonial Bone Infant Jesus
India, probably Goa
18th century
Inventory no.: 3007
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Crucified Christ in Ivory with Polychrome Remnants
Sri Lanka
circa 1600
Inventory no.: 3278
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Set of Eight Carved & Pierced Mother-of-Pearl Shells Decorated with the Nativity, the Last Supper & so on
Palestine
1830s-1860s
Inventory no.: 3701
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Indo-Portuguese Silver Chalice
India
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3660
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Rare Enamelled Silver Armenian Orthodox Altar Cross
Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century
Inventory no.: 3864
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Engraved Reliquary Silver Cross
Spain or Portugal
17th century
Inventory no.: 3785
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