Photograph Courtesy of Sotheby’s

It has been wonderful to see the Society of Antiquaries lecture theatre packed with so many OCS members at each of our meetings this past year. The lecture programme has been really outstanding and has covered fascinating aspects of the material culture of China, Japan and the Middle East. That is thanks to our wonderful speakers and most generous sponsors.

In February 2017 we learned from Dr Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, about the re-discovery of an utterly new style of painting that had appeared in China during the late 19th century. In March, Dr Shu-p’ing Teng, former Chief Curator of the Department of Antiquities, National Palace Museum, came to give the Annual Woolf Jade lecture from Taipei, to discuss the eastward transmission of jades from the Islamic world to the Qing Palace.

In early May, it was standing room only for the Annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture given by Professor Peter Y. K. Lam, Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who presented new research on the Kangxi period Zhonghe Tang porcelains from Jingdezhen.  In late May, Dr Paul Bevan gave the inaugural Mok Family Export lecture on the Qianlong Emperor’s English Clocks.  Our AGM lecture, sponsored by Sotheby’s, was given by Dr Denise Patry Leidy, Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator at the Yale University Art Gallery, addressing Qingbai figure sculptures of the Song and Yuan dynasties.

Wine and nibbles at the beginning and end of lectures provided by Woolley & Wallis have transformed our meetings into much more sociable events.  We are most grateful to all our lecture sponsors, without whose generosity we would not be able to host lectures of such a high standard.  Collectors, dealers, auction houses and museums have all generously shared their materials so that we can all learn more and develop our critical eyes. Our annual Newsletter was published in May and volume 80 of our Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society will be published in October 2017.  

For our Autumn 2017 lectures, please look under Lectures.