Centenary Year
Leading international society for the study and appreciation of Asian art with a special focus on ceramics.
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Handling sessions, lectures, visits and overseas tours for members.
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Meet other people with a shared interest in Asian art.

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 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

September 2021
18 September 2021

Guiding Luminaries, Charles L. Freer and John A. Pope: Establishing the Freer Gallery’s Chinese Ceramic Collection

This talk explores Freer’s and Pope’s backgrounds and complementary views and approaches to Chinese ceramics, which taken together established a formidable foundation making the Freer Gallery of Art a center for Chinese ceramics. ...

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
New York
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October 2021
12 October 2021

The Eumorfopoulos Phoenix-Head Ewer Revisited

Peter Lam is presently Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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