Each year the Society offers several discussion and handling sessions, with objects from members’ collections, museums and auction houses. They are intended for connoisseurs and novices alike, so there is the opportunity to learn about Chinese and Asian art in the company of experts. These sessions are for members only.

Numbers have to be limited because of space restrictions and to provide a safe handling environment, and so booking is essential.  Please look out for notifications on our website and our regular programmes.

We are very lucky to have these opportunities, and it is important that members involved observe the basic rules for safely handling objects, e.g. removing rings, watches and bracelets beforehand, always holding objects over the table, and avoiding long delays to take personal photographs when objects are circulated.

To develop the opportunity for more members to observe and learn, the Society’s Council is looking at using technology to film curated handling sessions and make that available to view.

Friday 6
th March at the British Museum
OCS/Percival David Foundation/British Museum event

Nigel Wood has very kindly agreed to lead a Study Day on Imperial yellow porcelain on March 6th, 2020 at the British Museum, as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the PDF coming to the British Museum.  There will be a handling session for 15 OCS members in the morning 12:00 to 13:00 then a break for lunch (members’ own arrangements) and Nigel will present his lecture from 14:30 to 15:30. The lecture room can seat 50. The venue is the PDC study room off Room 95 and members can sign up to the handling session and the lecture or only the lecture.

These two events are for members only and booking is essential.  Please email Mary Painter on ocs.london@btinternet.com or telephone 01223 881328 to book places.  There is no charge for these events.


Saturday 9th May at 11:00 a.m.
Private View and Handling Session at Christie’s

Christie’s have again kindly offered OCS members a private view and handling session prior to their Spring sale.  This will take place on Saturday 9th May, starting promptly at 11:00 a.m., before the public viewing of the sale items begins at noon.  Members will meet at their King Street reception.  This is for members only.  There is no charge for this event but numbers are limited to 15.  If you wish to attend, please contact Mary Painter as soon as possible on ocs.london@btinternet.com or telephone + 44 (0) 1223 881328 to book.