LECTURES

A BLUE AND WHITE 'PALACE' BOWL MARK AND PERIOD OF CHENGHUA

A BLUE AND WHITE ‘PALACE’ BOWL MARK AND PERIOD OF CHENGHUA. Photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Autumn 2018/Spring 2019

PROGRAMME OF LECTURES

Lectures will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
at 6.00 p.m., or with welcome drinks in advance, at 5.45 p.m. for 6.15 p.m., unless otherwise noted*.

Tuesday 11th December

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of the East Asian Collections, Chester Beatty Library

On Doctor’s Orders: Chester Beatty’s 1917 Journey to China and Japan and the Development of his East Asian Collection 

The collection amassed by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) embraces the arts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Placed in trust for the Irish nation half a century ago, this collection is quite rightly called ‘Ireland’s greatest gift’ and continues to form the core of the permanent collection of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Born and raised in New York, Beatty made his fortune in mining, but as a result also suffered health complications. A 1914 visit to Egypt was made for the benefit of his lungs, and his 1917 trip to China and Japan was also undertaken at his doctor’s instruction. Both journeys impacted on his collecting immeasurably. Focusing on Beatty’s 1917 visit to East Asia, surviving archival records permit an unusually detailed view of the development of Beatty’s collections during this time, the dealers he visited and the advice he solicited. These records also shed light on the collecting interests of Beatty’s wife, Edith, who sought out the Chinese textiles and Japanese lacquer works that today stretch the definition of this exquisite ‘library’ collection.

Mary Redfern joined the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, as Curator of the East Asian Collections in October 2015. Since that time she has curated the exhibitions Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints and Preserved in Partnership: Treasures of Japanese Art. She completed her PhD on Japanese imperial ceramics and dining at the University of East Anglia, with publications including Tennō no dainingu hōru (The Emperor’s Dining Hall) written with Yamazaki Taisuke and Imaizumi Yoshiko and ‘Minton for the Meiji Emperor’ in Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, vol. X.

 

Monday 14th January 2019

Pauline d’Abrigeon of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris

Albert Jacquemart (1808-1875), author of Histoire de Ceramique, 1873, and his work on Chinese ceramics

Sponsored by Duke’s Auctioneers

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Duke’s Auctioneers

 

Tuesday 12th February

The Sonia Lightfoot Memorial Lecture

Dr. Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun, curator of Korean collections at the BM

Korean chaekgeori screen paintings

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

 

Tuesday 12th March

Annual Woolf Jade lecture sponsored by the Woolf Charitable Trust

Dr. Xu Lin, Senior Researcher in the Antiques Dept. at the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Early Ming Jades

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolf

 

Tuesday 9th April

Dr. Craig Barclay, Head of Museums at Durham University

Chinese ceramics in the MacDonald collection

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

 

Thursday 2nd May

The Dr. H. Y. Mok charitable foundation lecture on export ceramics

Dr. Jan van Campen, Curator of Asian Export Art at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Chinese porcelain: Depictions in early 17th century European paintings

5:45 for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

 

Tuesday 11th June

AGM, lecture and reception

Professor Ohashi Koji

Recent Ceramic Excavations in Nagasaki: Dutch and Chinese Sites

Sponsored by Christie’s