The Oriental Ceramic Society
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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 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

March 2024
12 March 2024

Jades from China and India – a most curious exchange

This is our annual Woolf Jade Lecture, kindly sponsored by Jonathan Woolf and the Woolf Charitable Trust. China made artefacts out of a semi-precious stone called “jade”, and so did India. Chinese archaeologists have unearthed jade slit rings which they date to the 8th millennium BC. The history of the production of jade artefacts in […] ...

6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
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April 2024
09 April 2024

From Xing to Ding : Advances in Northern Porcelain Technology

North China’s premier porcelains were made at the Xing and Ding kiln complexes respectively. The world’s first true porcelains were developed by potters at the Xing kilns in the late 6th to early 7th centuries, and flourished there through the Tang Dynasty (618–907), achieving a material quality unmatched in the West until the early 18th […] ...

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