Lectures

Each year, the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) curates a series of lectures that are given by distinguished scholars. These talks are scheduled once a month in the evening and are usually held in the Society of Antiquaries at The Royal Academy in Piccadilly. At the present time, however, because of the global pandemic we have moved our lecture series online. Please see upcoming online lectures below.

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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April 2021
13 April 2021

Blanc de Chine: A Continuous Conversation

This is a two-part presentation with Dr. Xiaoxin Li focussing on Blanc de Chine in the V&A collection and Peter Ting and Ying Jian discussing contemporary ceramic making in Dehua. ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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May 2021
11 May 2021

Chinese Painting and the Chinese Iconographic Thesaurus: New Directions in Art Historical Research

This special OCS talk is our annual Sonia Lightfoot Memorial Paintings Lecture. ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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June 2021
15 June 2021

Art-Objects, Death and Nostalgia in the Story of the Stone

This talk by Dr. Edward Luper will follow our Annual General Meeting. ...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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
09 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

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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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Previous Lectures

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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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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December 2020
08 December 2020
The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

Dr. Helen Glaister is the Course Director of the V&A Arts of Asia Year Course and ...

6:00 pm
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November 2020
10 November 2020
Continuation and Innovation: Chinese Bronzes of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Continuation and Innovation: Chinese Bronzes of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Lu Pengliang joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. He serves as associate curator of ...

6:00 pm
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02 November 2020

Remarks on Applying Traditional Appraisal Methods when Appraising Ancient Ceramics

Professor Lü Chenglong, Director of the Department of Objects and Decorative Arts, The Palace Museum, Beijing Asia ...

6:00 pm
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October 2020
13 October 2020
Japanese Ceramics in the Royal Collection

Japanese Ceramics in the Royal Collection

Rachel Peat is Assistant Curator of Non-European Works of Art at Royal Collection Trust, and editor ...

6:00 pm
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September 2020
29 September 2020
The reception and consumption of Chinese porcelain in Europe and the New World, 16th and 17th centuries

The reception and consumption of Chinese porcelain in Europe and the New World, 16th and 17th centuries

Teresa Canepa is a member of the Council of the Oriental Ceramic Society, and co-editor of ...

1:30 pm
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15 September 2020
Kanxi Lecture

Gifts from the Kangxi Emperor to his Grandmother

Rosemary Scott took an honours degree in Chinese Art & Archaeology at the School of Oriental and ...

1:30 pm
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August 2020
25 August 2020
Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 1368-1661

Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 1368-1661

Peter White, our Vice President and Treasurer and long-time collector of Chinese ceramics. His third lecture will ...

8:00 pm
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11 August 2020
Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 960-1368​

Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 960-1368

Peter White, our Vice President and Treasurer and long-time collector of Chinese ceramics. His second lecture will ...

8:00 pm
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July 2020
28 July 2020
Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 4000 BC to 1125 AD

Chinese Pottery, Stoneware and Porcelain 4000 BC to 1125 AD

Peter White, our Vice President and Treasurer and long-time collector of Chinese ceramics. His first lecture on ...

8:00 pm
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15 July 2020
China: A History in Objects

China: A History in Objects

Jessica Harrison-Hall is the Curator of the Chinese ceramics collections of the British Museum and the ...

8:00 pm
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