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 31st January 1921 in a London drawing room, 2021 marks the centenary of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

We will celebrate this occasion with our centenary exhibition in London that opens on 15th October 2021 and continues through to 11th December 2021.  Tickets are free of charge, but must be booked in advance.

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 2021
01 November 2021

A Fascination with Chinese Ceramics – The Unexpected Collection of Sir William Burrell (1861-1958)

The art collection which Sir William and Lady Burrell gave to the City of Glasgow in ...

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
8 King St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT
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08 November 2021

The Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – New sources of evidence for the classification and understanding of the Sir Michael Butler collection of 17th-century Chinese porcelain Sold Out

Teresa Canepa and Katharine Butler will present the fruits of their research for the definitive catalogue raisonné of Sir Michael’s renowned collection ...

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
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December 2021
14 December 2021

Feminine Space and Playthings: Recontextualization of Trompe l’Oeil Porcelain in High Qing China

Chih-En Chen is the recipient of our prestigious George de Menasce Memorial Trust Award. ...

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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