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Straits Chinese (Baba-Nonya) Art
'Red & Gold’ Dresser Mirror made for the Peranakan Chinese Market
Straits Settlements or Sumatra
19th century
Inventory no.: 22
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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 Malaysia or Thailand 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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'Red & Gold' Ancestral Shrine Cabinet
Straits Chinese, Straits Settlements
19th century
Inventory no.: 1944
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Lacquered & Gilded Ancestral Shrine Cabinet
Southern China for the Straits Chinese Market
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 2600
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Inscribed Peranakan Chinese Silver Ewer
Java, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 2681
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Rare Straits Chinese ‘Red & Gold’ Oil Lamp Stand for Sam Kai Altar
probably Singapore or Malacca
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3884
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Carved & Polychrome Image of Zhu-sheng Niang-niang (注生娘娘 - The Goddess who Registers Births)
Hokkien, Teochiu & Fuzhou Chinese Communities in Southeast Asia & China
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4021
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Pair of Silver Wedding Bed Curtain Hooks
Java, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3400
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Straits Chinese Gilded Silver Repoussed Belt Buckle
Straits Settlements, Malaysia/Singapore
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 5141
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Chased Silver Betel Set with Engraved Octagonal Pewter Stand
Peranakan Chinese Community, Java, Indonesia
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 5166
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