OCS Visits 2017

OCS Visit to Swedish Collections                                                                       31st May to 2nd June 2017

This trip is currently being organised. Our aim is to visit the Museum of Far East Asian art in Stockholm, the Ethnographic museum, the Chinese Pavillion at Drottingholm Palace, the Vasa museum and the Hallwyll Collection. We are also trying to arrange an event with the Swedish OCS.

Further details will be in the Spring programme.

OCS Museum trip to Paris
5th-7th October 2016

We visited the Chateau de Fontainebleau which has been a royal palace for 800 years. It includes the Empress Eugenie’s Chinese museum which includes treasures from the Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) as well as other diplomatic gifts. The next day we had a guided tour of both the Musee Guimet and the Musee d’Ennery. The Guimet has enormous collections of art from across Asia with an emphasis on early ceramics and sculpture. We had a guided tour of the Asian and European ceramics collection at the Sevres museum. This was followed by a guided tour of the Cernuschi museum which also has a huge collection of Chinese, Japanese and Korean art.

Visit to Scottish Collections: 7th – 9th June 2016






We visited the National Museum of Scotland reserve collections and handled a number of items of Hirado and Japanese celadon formerly from the collection of David and Anne Hyatt-King. We then visited the Lawley collection and viewed among others early Chinese celadon, Ming cloisonne enamel, bronze and textiles. The second day we visited Newhailes House which has remained unchanged since the 18th century and viewed impressive examples of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, coromandel screens and lacquer ware. Then we viewed the Home Collection and saw Song jun wares, Yuan celadon, Ming and Qing blue and white, monochromes, bronzes and blanc de chine. Then we finished the day with a viewing of Lennoxlove House the home of the Duke of Hamilton where many rare works from Hamilton Palace and the Beckford Collection are housed. On the final day we viewed the reserve collection of the Burrell Museum in Glasgow followed by a tour of Pollok House to view their hoard of Chinese and Japanese ceramics.


Visit to Dutch Collections: October 21st – 23rd, 2015


A quote by Becky MacGuire (senior specialist in Chinese export art at Christie’s New York) who took part in this tour:

“I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make last week’s trip a wonderful experience.  It was a fantastic opportunity to see a tremendous amount of great Chinese export porcelain in its period context – and to see lots of other wonderful art, as well!  The group was terrifically congenial and all of the arrangements so thoughtful – you made it relaxing and pleasant, keeping us on schedule but also remaining flexible when that was called for. I have always noted OCS trips with great interest – and now I am truly a convert.”