Lectures will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE at 6.00 p.m., or with welcome drinks in advance, at 5.45 p.m. for 6.15 p.m., unless otherwise noted*.



Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 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. 


Tuesday 13th October
Lecture sponsored by Duke’s 
5:45 pm for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks
Rachel Peat, Assistant Curator in non-European works of art at the Royal Collections Trust
Most significant Japanese ceramics in the Royal Collection

Japan: Courts and Culture: An important exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from 12 June – 8 November 2020

The Royal Collection contains one of the finest holdings of Japanese works of art in the western world, significant for both the unique provenance and exceptional quality of the objects. Now, for the first time, highlights from the collection are brought together in the exhibition Japan: Courts and Culture, which tells the story of the diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchanges between Britain and Japan from the reigns of James I to Queen Elizabeth II. Including rare examples of porcelain, lacquer, armour and embroidered screens, the exhibition offers a unique insight into the relationship between the imperial and royal courts over a period of 300 years.

Monday 2nd November
*Asia Week lecture sponsored by Sotheby’s held at Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA*
Professor LV Chenglong, Deputy Director of the Antiquities Department at the Palace Museum, Beijing
Recent research into the ceramic collections of the Palace Museum 

Tuesday 10th November
Lecture sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull
5:45 pm for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks
Lu, Pengliang, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Nanping Hoard: A Time Capsule of Bronzes from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Tuesday 8th December
The Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture sponsored by Katharine and Charles Butler
5:45 pm for 6:15 pm with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis
Helen Glaister on “Collecting in Public and Private: The Ionides Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain, 1920-1970.”  

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