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.

ONLINE LECTURES 2020

Due to the Coronavirus we have been unable to hold any lectures or other events since March.  We hope to reschedule the cancelled lectures at a future time.  

In the meantime, we have prepared a series of online lectures for our members from July through September.  Our first lecture, given by past President Jessica Harrison-Hall on 15th July on ‘China: A History in Objects’, and our second lecture given by our Vice President and Treasurer and long-time collector of Chinese ceramics Peter White on 28th July on ‘Chinese pottery, stoneware and porcelain, 4000BC to 1125AD, are available on our website for members to access.  (Please go to Members Area and input the same password as for TOCS and our Newsletters).

Further lectures in August and September will be given by Peter White and past Presidents Rosemary Scott and Rose Kerr.  Dates are 11th and 25th August and 15th and 29th September.  Full details and links will be sent to members and all lectures will be available for members to view on our website.

Notice to Members:  Our 2020 Newsletter is now available on this website.  Please go to Members Area/Newsletters and use the same password as for our Transactions.