Oriental Ceramic Society Exhibition November 2016
China without Dragons: Rare Pieces from Oriental Ceramic Society Members
The long awaited OCS exhibition China without Dragons: Rare Pieces from Oriental Ceramic Society Members was held at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street from 3rd to 9th November 2016 and coincided with Asia Week in London. We are most grateful to Sotheby’s for their financial support and co-operation in organising the exhibition, which was a great success. The show was curated by Regina Krahl with the support of an exhibition committee and included some two hundred rare and unusual pieces drawn from the collections of OCS members. We hope it encouraged new members to join and it gave existing members a chance to see their collections under the spotlights.
The ceramics chosen for display included unglazed, sancai (‘three-colour’) glazes, white wares, celadon, blue and white, famille verte, monochromes and famille rose, but as much as these categories may be familiar, the pieces were exceptional. China’s many kilns were represented, alongside examples from Japan and Southeast Asia. With pieces from all periods in the rich history of fired clay, the exhibition offered a unique opportunity to explore the sheer quality and diversity of Asian ceramics.
Since the OCS was first established in 1921, the display of pieces from members’ private collections has been a cornerstone of the Society’s work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of ceramics from Asia. China without Dragons continued this mission, stepping beyond the familiar to reveal works that are elegant, playful, bold and serene: cherished masterpieces in which we can all delight.