THE ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCIETY

Chinese Blue and White Flask, Ming Dynasty Xuande period (1426-35) Given to the British Museum by Sir John Addis, a former President of the Oriental Ceramic Society

Chinese Blue and White Flask, Ming Dynasty Xuande period (1426-35). Given to the British Museum by Sir John Addis, a former President of the Oriental Ceramic Society

The Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) is the leading international society for the study and appreciation of Asian art, with a special focus on ceramics.  Founded in 1921, the Society has members throughout the world, and our Patron is HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The Society provides lectures on all aspects of Asian art, particularly Chinese and Japanese ceramics, jades, paintings and Middle Eastern art. Lectures are held in London (mostly at the Society of Antiquaries, next to the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly), and they usually start and end convivially with a glass of wine, providing a regular opportunity for members to meet each other and talk informally. The Society also offers and supports handling sessions of items from museums and auction houses, as well as members’ collections, and it organises visits to public and private collections, guided tours of exhibitions and overseas tours

Through lectures, handling sessions, tours, exhibitions and publications, the Society provides a forum for members to develop and exchange their knowledge with experts and fellow enthusiasts. Our annual Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society are a highly regarded journal on Asian art, and the annual Newsletter brings news on Asian art from around the world.

 

CANCELLATION OF ALL OCS EVENTS UNTIL OCTOBER 

** Due to the increasingly serious Coronavirus outbreak, we have sadly had to cancel all our events until October.  This includes cancellation of our two April lectures; the handling session at Christie’s on 9th May; our tour to the West Country in early June and our AGM on 16th June.  We hope very much to reschedule all these events at a later date. **