The Oriental Ceramic Society
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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 Celebrated 100 Years

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

We celebrated this occasion with our centenary exhibition, Collectors, Curators, Connoisseurs: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society 1921-2021.   

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

May 2024
14 May 2024

Ming porcelain from the Portuguese shipwreck Espadarte (1558)

The Annual Dr Mok H. Y. Charitable Foundation Lecture spopnsored by Dr Edwin Mok For almost 450 years, the remains of the Portuguese nau Espadarte were buried in the shallow waters off Fort San Sebastian on Mozambique Island, which was the former Portuguese capital of East Africa. The Espadarte, previously known as the ‘Fort San […] ...

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
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June 2024
11 June 2024

The Melford Hall Collection of Chinese Porcelain. A Booty from the Santísima Trinidad Galleon

This is the Annual Shang Shan Tang Lecture When the captured Spanish Manila galleon Santísima Trinidad arrived in Plymouth harbour on June 6, 1764, carrying a precious cargo of exotic goods from East Asia—gold, precious gems, silks, ivory, and Chinese porcelain—it was the sensation of the season in the British press. The British had seized […] ...

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
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