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.

 

UPCOMING EVENT:

Tuesday 10th March, 2020
Annual OCS Woolf Jade Lecture sponsored by the Woolf Charitable Trust
5:45 pm for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks
Robert Tang, Private Collector of the published Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection
In Pursuit of Jade: My Personal Journey

Robert Tang is a private collector of Chinese jade.  100 pieces of the collection were published in “The Cissy and Robert Tang Collection of Chinese Jades” authored by Professor Jenny So and Dr. Chu Xin.  108 pieces of the collection were exhibited at the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015-6, curated by Dr. Xu Xiaodong, the Assistant Director of the Museum, with the assistance of Dr. Chu Xin.

In the lecture, Robert Tang will talk about his experience as a collector, and how jade has been collected through time, especially in the twentieth century.  He will also talk about a few objects in their Collection to illustrate points about the long history in the collection of jades and the perennial difficulty about their dating.  He will also compare a late Warring States (3rd Century B.C.) dancer in their collection, which was first published by Salmony in 1938, with what appears to be its mirror image, which was excavated in 2015 in Nanchang, Jiangxi from the apparently intact tomb of the Marquis of Haihun (92 B.C. – 59 B.C.), who had reigned as Emperor in 74 B.C. before he was deposed after 27 days.