Centenary Year
1921-2021
Leading international society for the study and appreciation of Asian art with a special focus on ceramics.
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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. Our Patron is HRH The Duke of Gloucester. 

The OCS Celebrates 100 Years

Founded on the 21st January 1921 in a London drawing room, 2021 marks the centenary of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

We will celebrate this occasion with a landmark exhibition opening on October 14, 2021 and running through December 11, 2021.

The Oriental Ceramic Society

The Society hosts lectures on all aspects of Asian art, particularly Chinese and Japanese ceramics, jades, paintings and Middle Eastern art. Lectures are held in London (usually in the Society of Antiquaries at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly). Evenings begin and end convivially with a glass of wine, providing a regular opportunity for members to meet one another and talk informally.

The Society also offers handling sessions of objects from museums, auction houses, private collections, as well as organises visits to public and private collections both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Study and Appreciation of Oriental Art

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. 

Upcoming Lectures & Events

November 2020
2 November 2020

Remarks on Applying Traditional Appraisal Methods when Appraising Ancient Ceramics

Professor Lü Chenglong, Director of the Department of Objects and Decorative Arts, The Palace Museum, Beijing Asia ...

6:00 pm
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10 November 2020
Continuation and Innovation: Chinese Bronzes of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Continuation and Innovation: Chinese Bronzes of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Lu Pengliang joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. He serves as associate curator of ...

6:00 pm
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December 2020
8 December 2020
The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

Helen Glaister is the Course Director of the V&A Arts of Asia Year Course and Senior ...

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