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 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

January 2021
21 January 2021
Continuity and Change: The Study of the Ceramics of Yaozhou

Continuity and Change: The Study of the Ceramics of Yaozhou

Rose Kerr is a past President of OCS and Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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February 2021
09 February 2021

The Grandidier Collection and Sir Percival David: Rediscoveries

Lucie Chopard is a doctoral student working on Ernest Grandidier and the reception of Chinese art in France. ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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March 2021
09 March 2021

Lü Dalin and Jades of the Song Dynasty

This special event is is our annual Woolf Jade Lecture ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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