Firstly, on behalf of the entire council, can I thank all those members who lent their treasured ceramics to the exhibition China without Dragons in November’s Asian Art in London week. Regina Krahl put in so much hard work curating it and turning the show into something quite exceptional, full of interesting and rare pieces. She is now working on the book of the exhibition. Neither exhibition nor book would have been possible without the help of several very generous sponsors and the donation of a venue from Sotheby’s. Thank you again for all your support. The autumn programme really delivered beyond expectations with excellent lectures, a handling session and trips and we hope all our speakers will write up their papers for Stacey Pierson and the editorial team for TOCS.
For Spring we have a varied programme which began in January with a really interesting new look at 12th century Minai wares. Our next lecturer Dr Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is coming to share with us her new research on the Eight Brokens or bapo style. In March, the Annual Woolf Jade lecture will be given by Dr Shu-p’ing Teng, former Chief Curator of the Department of Antiquities, National Palace Museum. A special viewing of the Woolf Collection of Imperial Chinese Jades will take place before the evening’s lecture. Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun, British Museum Curator of Korean Art, will postpone her April lecture but instead we will have two lectures in May. The first of these is the Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture presented by Professor Peter Y. K. Lam, Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong on the Zhonghe Tang Group of porcelains (1671-73). The other lecture in May will be the Inaugural Mok Family lecture sponsored by the Dr. Mok Hing Yiu Charitable Foundation given by Dr. Paul Bevan who will discuss Qianlong Emperor’s English Clocks. June’s AGM lecture will be Dr Denise Patry Leidy, Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator at the Yale University Art Gallery, on Qingbai figure sculptures of the Song and Yuan dynasties.
Members are reminded that thanks to the great generosity of Woolley & Wallis, Duke’s of Dorchester, Katharine and Charles Butler we can all enjoy a drink and talk to each other before and after the lectures. So we all hope to see you there. If you live further afield, we hope you will enjoy the newsletter and Transactions and may join some of the wonderful excursions organised by Harry Douglas-Hamilton and Willemijn van Noord.