Photograph courtesy of Woolley & Wallis.

Dear Members,

The British Summer is heralded with the first fall of snow and torrential rain. So we look forward to taking our mind off the lack of sunshine with some of the forthcoming events in the OCS Summer programme. Szeto Yuen Kit, the Xubaizhai curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art responsible for the Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Department, gave us a really wonderful lecture on Chinese gardens and paintings to end the Spring programme. He presented a new way of looking at Chinese paintings and scholarly environments which was very thought provoking. Our next lecture is from another resident of Hong Kong, Dr Anita Chung, Chief Operating Officer of the Robert H N Ho Family Foundation, who will talk about paintings from Cleveland Museum of Art where she was the former curator.

Our AGM lecturer this year is Regina Krahl who will provide an in-depth analysis of two of the most elusive Chinese hand scroll paintings of the Yongzheng period, which are found in the Sir Percival David Collection at the British Museum and in the V&A Museum.

Regina and her exhibition team have been working tirelessly on creating one of the most exciting exhibitions in the Society’s history. This will present an incredible array of members’ treasured pieces. Chinese, Japanese and Middle Eastern ceramics from the Neolithic to the Present will be shown at Sotheby’s in Bond Street during Asia Week this year, 3-13 November. The catalogue is being written ready for publication in November to coincide with this show. The variety of materials offered and selected demonstrates that London remains a really exciting place to be interested in and to be collecting Asian ceramics.

While our lecture programme has given us more paintings lectures than usual, our exhibition project will satisfy the appetite to see more pottery and porcelain. Grateful thanks go to all those who are working on TOCS, the Newsletter and tours. To all those old and new members thank you for supporting the Society and please do encourage your friends to join.

Best wishes

Jessica Harrison-Hall