Where to shop Antiques
Being an island situated at a central point of the Indian Ocean’s shipping routes, Sri Lanka has been subjected to many foreign influences over the centuries. These influences and Sri Lanka’s own affluent heritage has left behind an array of fascinating relics that are loved and sought after by collectors.
Colombo has many antique boutiques teeming with treasures like Colonial period furniture, Kandyan ornaments, brass lamps, Moorish porcelain and beautifully moulded statues. Among these treasure coves, some stand out remarkably because of the authenticity and the variety of the antiques they provide.
- Gandhara – 28, Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6.
From beautiful treasure chests, metal torches and exotic statues to unique maritime collectibles, our first pick for best antiques in Colombo, Gandhara, is a miniature adventure in the form of an antique shop.
- Hermitage – 28 Gower Street-Colombo 5, Stratford Avenue-Colombo 6.
Hermitage is a refined collection of precious objects d’art and gift items from primarily the South Asian region. Their extensive collection comprises of antique tapestries, puppets, panels furniture and many more. The best part? Their mind blowing ethnic jewellery.
- Roux Brothers – De Fonseka Rd, Colombo 5.
This furniture heaven has a large collection of Dutch period antique furniture and cleverly done reproductions in solid timber. Roux Brother also has tastefully created upholstery material to match their wonderful furniture.
- Sujeewa Antiques – 460, Galle Road, Ambalangoda, 11 Chitra Lane, Colombo 5
One of the favourite antique boutiques in Colombo, Sujeewa Antiques, has the best of southern Sri Lankan artefacts. While the shop offers Dutch and Portuguese period antiques such as furniture, watch-chains and jewellery, it also has an extensive collection of gorgeous door and window frames from demolished Colonial mansions.
- Paradise Gallery – 2, Alfred House Road, Off Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3.
Paradise Gallery has an elegant and sophisticated assortment of local and imported antiques. The former office of the architectural legend Geoffery Bawa, houses an elegant selection of handpicked glassware from Europe, antique furniture and lacquer ware from China, Burma and Vietnam.
- Serendib Gallery – 36 1/1 Rosmead Place, Colombo 7
Serendib is one of the oldest galleries in Sri Lanka and houses an exquisite array of betel-utensils, terra cotta figurines, brass-ware and furniture. The most distinguishing collection at Serendib is the valued collection of ancient art and prints. The boutique has an exclusive collection of authentic prints as well as high-quality reproductions.
- Treasure House – Old Cotta Rd, Colombo 8
Treasure house has a great collection of antique furniture, porcelain and chandeliers. However, their best merchandize are the enchanting brass items from medieval and colonial Sri Lanka.
- Villa Saffron – 15, Bogahahena Road, Battramulla
Villa Saffron has a fascinating collection of authentic antiques as well as well-done reproductions. Their amazing assortment of architectural artefacts that carry great ornamental value is probably the shop’s most popular collection.
- Treasure Trove – 247 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia.
Apart from the antique furniture, statuary, coins and furniture, Treasure Trove’s most unique feature is their exquisite compilation of antique Chinese and Dutch Porcelain items including plates, teas sets, pots, dishes and carafes.
- Country Life – 829 Kotte Road, Etul Kotte, Kotte.
Country Life is well known for their excellent collection of high quality Antique reproductions for an affordable price. The products vary from furniture, statues, garden decor and wood carvings to reproduced prints. Country Life also takes on interior decorating and interior conversions utilizing their products.