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Blue-and-white brushrest
From Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, southern China. Ming dynasty, reign of Zhengde (AD 1506-21)

THE ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCIETY

AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2014

P.O. Box 517
Cambridge CB21 5BE, U.K.
Tel/Fax: + 44 (0) 1223 881328

Email address: ocs.london@btinternet.com
Web address: www.ocs-london.com

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Dear Members,

Welcome back after a long summer break to a new season of lectures and other OCS events. You will soon receive this year’s Transactions, which contain some excellent articles, although fewer than usual since, sadly, some papers were never submitted. You will also receive the Newsletter, which again presents news on Asian art from around the world.

Since the last mailing we heard a ground-breaking lecture in May on Important New Discoveries of Early Yuan Blue-and-White from Jingdezhen, jointly presented by May Huang from Jingdezhen and Dr. Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani, for which the premises of the Society of Antiquaries proved too small; apologies to anyone who was turned away due to the strict limitations on audience numbers by fire regulations. A few days later, May Huang and her husband Huang Qinghua presented a fascinating OCS/Sotheby’s lecture on ceramics commissioned by the Jingdezhen kiln supervisor Tang Ying. At the Annual General meeting in June this year we heard the second Sonia Lightfoot Paintings Lecture, given by Dr. Shane McCausland, who discussed a wonderful group of early Chinese paintings under the title Seeing Well-being: A Revisionist View of Later Yuan (1271-1368) Painting.

In the coming month we are looking forward to hearing David Hyatt-King, who specializes in little known later Japanese ceramics, on Hirado’s early figurines and models. During ‘Asian Art in London’ we are very lucky to have one of the curators of the current major British Museum exhibition of early Ming art, Jessica Harrison-Hall, to talk about People of the Ming in an OCS/Bonhams lecture; and Ni Yibin has agreed to give a Memorial lecture for the collector-connoisseur Sir Michael Butler, replacing Julia Curtis, who unfortunately had to cancel due to illness. The December lecture will be devoted to Middle Eastern ceramics from the post-Mongol period, one of Lisa Golombek’s special areas of research.

The OCS Council has many new members this season and is now composed of Elaine Buck, Nicole Chiang, Harry Douglas-Hamilton (coordinating events), Mary Ginsberg, Jessica Harrison-Hall (representative of the BM), Vaughan Hart, Dominic Jellinek, Baoping Li, Angela McAteer, Robert McPherson (Assistant Honorary Secretary), Stacey Pierson (Honorary Secretary and editor of TOCS), Mary Redfern, Susan Stronge, Willemijn van Noord, Peter White (Honorary Treasurer), Ming Wilson (representative of the V&A), and Nigel Wood. If you have suggestions for the Society, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of Council, our administrator, Mary Painter, or myself.

Regina Krahl, President
SUBSCRIPTION RENEWAL

We are grateful to all members who have renewed their subscriptions for this year. Only fully paid up members of the Society receive a copy of our annual Transactions, volume 77 of which will be sent out very shortly, together with our annual Newsletter. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, please contact our Administrator as soon as possible. If any of you know any friends or associates who may be interested in joining the society, please let us know, and we will be happy to send them details. If we are still contacting you by mail but you have an email account, please let us know your address, since this saves the Society mailing costs.

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AUTUMN/SPRING PROGRAMME OF LECTURES

Lectures will be held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, either at 6.00 p.m., or with welcome drinks in advance, at 5.45 p.m. for 6.15 p.m., unless otherwise noted*.


Tuesday 14th October at the Society of Antiquaries
5:45 p.m. for 6:15 p.m. with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

David Hyatt King
Hirado’s Earlier Figurines and Models - Delights for an Elite

Hirado porcelain, made at Mikawachi for the Lords Matsura of Hirado Island, has long been celebrated as one of Japan’s outstanding porcelains. Recent studies in the archives and at archaeological sites have confirmed the antiquity, prestige and charm of these porcelains. They subtly blend Chinese subjects and Western naturalism into a fine Japanese achievement.

Few earlier models, 1650-1830, have been ordered into a sensible time framework. This paper builds on the known dates to supply a sensible chronology. Many fine figurines were initially made for presentation by the Matsuras. The paper starts to distinguish these from the later, less well finished commercial examples out of the same moulds.

David Hyatt King started collecting Song Jun ware in 1964, under the guidance of Soame Jenyns. He then turned to Japanese porcelain of all periods, especially Kyushu and Kyoto porcelains. Early influences included the Percival David collection and he has never lost his enthusiasm for the finest Chinese.

David presented a substantial collection of Hirado porcelain to various museums after Gerald Reitlinger died in 1978. He lent extensively to Meiji, Japanese Art in Transition, The Hague 1987. He actively participated in the The Lost Century (1998) exhibition in Edinburgh & Cambridge. His lifelong enthusiasm for Hirado lead to papers in TOCS 45 (1981) & in ANDON 30 (1989). He introduced L. Lawrence Hirado, Prince of Porcelains (1997) and organised a Bath MEAA exhibition Hirado Figurines & Models (2012).

David and his wife Anne now complete their Hirado studies with a survey of the delightful and distinctive earlier models and figurines c.1650-1830.
Monday 3rd November: The Annual Bonhams/OCS lecture
*Venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR*
Drinks 5:30 p.m. Lecture 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Jessica Harrison-Hall on People of the Ming

What was it like to live in early Ming China? China was the most sophisticated state in the world in the early fifteenth century. Little is known of the vast population that worked on the land producing tea, rice and cotton. However, we do know about the emperors and empresses, princes and princesses that ruled the imperial and regional courts. We have spectacular portraits showing the rulers and paintings which portray life in their palaces. Their courts were furnished with finely worked lacquer, exquisite gold, porcelain and jade. They shared collections of paintings, calligraphy and books. In the Buddhist, Daoist temples and mosques ceremonies and services were conducted which were recorded in fabulous paintings and texts. The early fifteenth century was a time of building the Forbidden City in Beijing and sending treasure ships around the world to the Middle East and Africa. These contacts made China cosmopolitan full of foreign goods, people and ideas. This lecture will bring this period of history to life. It is linked to the major exhibition at the British Museum curated by Craig Clunas and Jessica Harrison-Hall (18 September- 2014 to 5 January 2015).

Jessica Harrison-Hall is Curator of the Sir Percival David Collection and Chinese Ceramics and Vietnamese Art at the British Museum. She has curated special exhibitions on Chinese ceramics, export ceramics, textiles and Vietnamese war art, the permanent gallery of the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum and China: Journey to the East - a UK touring exhibition. Her publications include Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum (2001), Vietnam Behind the Lines (2002), Pocket Timeline of China (2007), Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection (with Regina Krahl, 2009, translated into Chinese 2013) and Passion for Porcelain (with L. Mengoni, H. Young and A. Dawson, 2012). She is currently working on a major AHRC research project Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450 and the exhibition Ming: 50 Years that Changed China with Professor Craig Clunas, which has opened at the British Museum on 18 September and closes on 5 January 2015.

Admission is free but booking essential to Chris Mitchell at Bonhams at chris.mitchell@bonhams.com or telephone 0207 468 8248.


Wednesday 5th November at the Society of Antiquaries
6:00 p.m. with drinks following the lecture sponsored by Katharine Butler
The Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture
Dr. Ni Yibin
Not Imperial, But Simply Beautiful

Julia Curtis much regrets that she is unable to come to London to give this lecture, due to ill health. We are pleased to advise that Dr. Ni Yibin, a close friend and colleague of Sir Michael, has agreed to come to London and give the lecture in her place.

Over the last thirty-odd years, the porcelains produced during the so-called “transitional period” (roughly, 1620 - 80) in China has become much better known to, and even surprised, the world through a series of exhibitions held in Asia, the European continent, the US, and the UK and the Butler Collections have figured prominently.

Sir Michael Butler is recognized for his contribution to the ‘fine-dating’ of this batch of porcelains and he coined the term such as the ‘high-transitional (1634 - 44)’ and identified the unique characteristics of the pots manufactured during the previously “unknown” Shunzhi reign (1644 - 61).

The lecture will focus on the best areas of Sir Michael’s work and highlight the relevant examples in the collection while showing how the Jingdezhen potters adapted to the diminishing imperial patronage by appealing to the growing domestic and export markets with their brilliant creativity set free from the court bureaucracy.

Yibin Ni obtained his MA and Ph.D. at University College London and studied Chinese art at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He taught in the English Department and University Scholars’ Programme of the National University of Singapore and is now an independent scholar devoted to the study of story scenes, punning rebuses, and auspicious symbols in traditional Chinese visual culture. He is widely consulted on his expertise and has published and lectured in many countries in both English and Chinese. His latest book on the illustrations of the play Romance of the Western Chamber is coming out soon.

Tuesday 9th December
5:45 p.m. for 6:15 p.m. with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis
Dr. Lisa Golombek, Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum
A New Narrative for post-Mongol Pottery

The ceramics industry of Iran during the Timurid and Safavid periods (15th-17th centuries) underwent a sea-change as a result of the expansion of the Chinese export trade in blue-and-white porcelains and celadons. Since 1989 a team from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has been researching this era in an attempt to find out what constitutes fact in the accepted narrative and what must be rejected as speculation. The re-constituted narrative is the result of multi-disciplinary research, the under-pinning of which is scientific analysis of the quartz petrofabric of almost all Timurid and Safavid pottery. The Timurid project appeared as Tamerlane’s Tableware in 1996, and the Safavid project came out this year as Persian Pottery in the First Global Age. This lecture will review the background of the projects and highlight some of the more significant findings, including identification of workshops, a new chronology, analysis of potters’ marks, and a contextualization of the narrative within the global picture.

Lisa Golombek received her B.A. in Middle East Studies from Barnard College in 1962, and her PhD in Islamic Art from the University of Michigan in 1968. Her dissertation on the architecture of shrines took her to Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia. She joined the curatorial staff of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in 1967 and retired as a Curator Emeritus in 2005. At the ROM she installed new galleries, expanded the collection, and carried out research projects on the textiles and ceramics collections. At the University of Toronto, as a cross-appointed Full Professor, she taught both undergraduates and graduates. Lisa’s publications in both academic and popular journals cover a wide range of fields including Islamic architecture, gardens, urban history, painting, ceramics and calligraphy. She has published five books and over 60 journal articles, mostly on Iranian art and architecture. Her book on Persian architecture was published by Princeton University Press (1988) and is the chief reference work for the architecture of the Timurid period (15th c.)

Tuesday 13th January, 2015: The Annual Bonhams/OCS lecture
*Venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR*
Drinks 5:30 p.m. Lecture 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Jacqueline Simcox
Chinese Costumes of the Ming and Qing Dynasties - an introduction to the silk costumes worn by the Chinese court for formal and informal occasions.

At first glance there is hardly any alteration in the appearance of dress throughout the Ming dynasty and, although new styles were introduced by the Manchus, they too seem unchanging. Yet it is in the details of the decorative elements that we see subtle developments. Designs can be related to ceramic patterns and underlying each dynasty was a colour system which defined hierarchy. After the elegant charm and sometimes wild patterns of Ming costumes the Qing emperors introduced more and more regulations to define every aspect of court dress and the wearer’s status. Yet for over 500 years costume patterns also reflected an abiding deference to celestial matters and the cycles of time of the sun and moon.

Jacqueline Simcox is a private dealer, specialising in Chinese textile. She worked for Spinks, the fine art dealers, in their Chinese department and left the company to start her own business. She has exhibited regularly at art fairs around the world and she is a director of ‘Asian Art in London’. Jacqueline lectures on Chinese textiles to the Post Graduate course at SOAS and she spoke many years ago on textiles to the OCS in London and in the spring this year gave a talk on Ming textiles to the Swedish OCS in Gothenburg.

Admission is free but booking essential to Chris Mitchell at Bonhams at chris.mitchell@bonhams.com or telephone 0207 468 8248.

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MING: 50 Years that Changed China
18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015 at the British Museum

Special Group Lecture Package on Friday 21st November

This major exhibition at the British Museum will explore a golden age in China’s history, the period between AD 1400 and 1450. For further information on the exhibition, please see page 8 below. We have booked a Group Lecture Package for Friday 21st November, for OCS members, which comprises coffee and biscuits on arrival at 10.30 in the CEC Foyer; the curator giving a lecture from 11.00 - 12.00 in the lecture theatre to discuss the range, context and highlight objects of the exhibition; then, after a pause for lunch at leisure, the museum arrange for timed admission to the exhibition. The cost will be £27.50 per person, fully inclusive of coffee, tea & biscuits, the curator’s lecture and timed admission ticket to the exhibition with a printed guide leaflet.

We are fortunate that one of the chief curators of the exhibition, Jessica Harrison-Hall, has very kindly agreed to give the lecture that day. (Jessica is curator of Chinese Ceramics and Sir Percival David Collections and Vietnamese Art in the Department of Asia at the British Museum.) A provisional booking for 30 people has been made. There are a few places left for this event but you need to complete the booking form on page 12 of this programme and return it with your payment now.

OCS MEMBERS VISIT 12th FEBRUARY 2015

Visit for OCS members to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath
Thursday 12th February 2015
A guided tour of their collection of Asian art plus a handling session
Spaces are very limited so please book early by completing the booking form at the end of this programme. This is for OCS members only.


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OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS

Special viewing of the Helen Espir Collection at Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury on 8th November

Members of the Oriental Ceramic Society are invited by Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms to attend a private viewing of the Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Oriental Porcelain on Saturday 8th November at 2.30 p.m. Helen Espir will be giving a short talk on the collection and is happy to answer any questions regarding specific objects. Members can obtain a free catalogue of the collection (which is being sold on 12th November) by contacting Woolley and Wallis direct on 01722 424507. Please also phone Woolley and Wallis to book if you wish to attend the viewing.


Date: Friday 17 October, 18:30-19:30
Venue: Museum of East Asian Art, Bath
Lecture (In partnership with the British Museum)
Discovering the Ming
Jessica Harrison-Hall (Curator, British Museum)
Admission: £5.00, students £2.50. Book by Wednesday 15 October. Tel: + 44 (0)1225 464640

Most people have heard of the Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644) because of the beautiful blue-and-white porcelain which travelled across the world. Portuguese merchants established direct contact between China and Europe in the early sixteenth century. Merchants and Jesuits travelled to China and wrote first-hand accounts in European languages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This lecture and the exhibition at the British Museum Ming: 50 years that changed China (18 September 2014 to 5 January 2015) goes further back in time to the early 1400s. This was the time when the Forbidden City was built. Beijing became a capital city and the early Ming emperors sent treasure ships to Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Jessica Harrison-Hall is Curator of the Sir Percival David Collection and Chinese Ceramics and Vietnamese Art at the British Museum.


International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Wednesday, 22 October at 18:00
Archaeology Lecture Theatre (G6), Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY. Tel: 020 7679 1092. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iccha. iccha@ucl.ac.uk.
Professor Dame Jessica Rawson, University of Oxford
China’s relations with the Steppe in the First Millennium BC
Central China was and is surrounded by peoples with different cultures, many connected with the Eurasian steppes. From these people, the Chinese acquired technologies of war and design, including copper alloying, iron working and gold ornamentation. But in accepting these outside practices, the Chinese transformed them and also transformed their society. They gained personal weapons and armour and copied these in jade. In addition, they developed cast iron centuries before other areas of Eurasia.

The lecture is free to the public and it will be followed by a wine reception in the Leventis Gallery. Could you please register your attendance on Eventbrite via the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iccha-10-year-anniversary-public-lecture-tickets-13305620469


Sunday 2nd November at 15:30 p.m. Sotheby’s Asia Week lecture
Venue: Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA
Dr. Li Baoping (OCS Council member)
Diplomacy and Global Trade: Chinese Porcelain in the Early Ming Dynasty
Admission is free but places are limited and booking essential.
RSVP: helen.desmond@sothebys.com or telephone +44 (0) 20 7293 6442.

Coinciding with the British Museum Ming exhibition, this richly illustrated talk will provide an interesting picture of Chinese ceramic production, trade and diplomacy in the early Ming Dynasty. Diplomatic missions involving ceramics, such as the early sea voyages of Zheng He and Ming envoys sent to Korea, Angkor of Cambodia, Ryukyu (Okinawa), Java etc, will be discussed as part of a bigger picture of China’s outward looking stance at this time. In addition to their amazing beauty, ceramics provided an insight into how China interacted with the world.

Dr. Li Baoping has recently been appointed Senior International Researcher at Sotheby’s. He received his BA and MA degrees from the Archaeology Department of Peking University, and PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. A Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Bulletin of Chinese Ceramic Art and Archaeology, his recent publications include a contribution to Chigusa and the Art of Tea, an exhibition catalogue by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington. Recently he also helped to improve and approve the Chinese translation for two British Museum publications, The British Museum Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Foundation (by Regina Krahl and Jessica Harrison-Hall, Beijing: Cultural Relics Press, 2013), and Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming ceramics in the British Museum (by Jessica Harrison-Hall, Beijing: Palace Museum Press, 2014).

Sunday 2nd November at 6:00 p.m. Christie’s Education Asia Week lecture
Venue: Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6QT
Professor Dr. Christiaan Jörg (Professor Emeritus Leiden University, former Curator of Oriental Ceramics at the Groninger Museum, Groningen) and
Dr. Cora Wurmell (Curator for the Japanese and Chinese Porcelain collections of the Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden)
Cataloguing the East Asian Porcelains of Augustus the Strong – The Dresden Porcelain Project
Dr. Cora Wurmell will discuss Augustus the Strong and the Zwinger Palace and Dr. Jörg the Porcelain collection, the inventories, and the important project to catalogue the collection.
Admission is free but places are limited and booking essential.
RSVP: Harriet McCann to rsvp@christies.com or telephone +44 (0) 20 7389 2858.


Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures and Centre for Japanese Studies, UEA
Thursday Lecture Series supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust. Admission free, advance booking recommended by phone 01603 597507 or email: sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org. Web site: www.sainsbury-institute.org. Lectures start at 6:00 p.m. Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH


Islamic Art Circle at SOAS
Lectures are regularly held in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. For further information contact Rosalind Wade Haddon on 07714087480 or email to rosalindhaddon@gmail.com.


China Links Travel tours to Asia
China Links Travel is a UK company who organise ceramic tours to Asia.
South Korea Ceramic Maestro Tour. 5th – 16th September, 2015, is designed to give a taste of Korean ceramic and pottery culture and an insight into Korean history, food, nature and city life.
Explore Japanese Ceramics with Robert Yellen. 10th – 19th May, 2015.
A foremost expert on Japanese ceramics, Robert will visit the beautiful Japanese countryside and introduce participants to skilled potters and their studios, along with his own.
For details, please go to www.chinalinkstravel.co.uk or email info@chinalinkstravel.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 208 543 8133.


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EXHIBITIONS AND MUSEUMS

FONDATION BAUR Musee des arts D’Extreme-Orient
Chine Imperiale: Splendeurs de la Dynastie Qing (1644-1911)
2nd October 2014 to 4th January, 2015
www.fondationbaur.ch. 8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206 Geneve. T: +41 (0) 22 704 3282

MUSEE CERNUSCHI Musee des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris
Le Japon au fil des saisons. Collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg.
18th September 2014 to 11th January 2015
www.cernuschi.paris.fr. 7 avenue Velasquez, 75008 Paris.


THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: +44 (0)207 323 8181. www.britishmuseum.org
The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies housing the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics; The Joseph E Hotung Gallery of Oriental Antiquities from China, India, South Asia and Southeast Asia; the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries; Arts of Korea: The Korea Foundation Gallery; 7000 Years of Chinese Jade from the Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung: The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery; The John Addis Islamic Gallery.

MING: 50 Years that Changed China
18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015 at the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, the British Museum
This major exhibition explores a golden age in China’s history. Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. The exhibition features a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only been very recently discovered and have never been seen outside China.
In conjunction with the exhibition, an international conference entitled Ming: Court and Contacts 1400-1450 will be held at the BP Lecture Theatre at the British Museum on 9 October (starting at 14:00) and 10 and 11 October 2014 (full days). Tickets cost £45/£35 for the whole conference. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to:
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ming.aspx

There will also be a full public programme for the exhibition, including the following:-

Friday 24 October lunchtime lecture by Frances Wood on The Forbidden City
Friday 14 November lunchtime lecture by Dr Elizabeth Lambourn on The Indian Ocean at the time of Zheng He
Friday 7th November, 18.30 a special performance by musicians from Zhihua Temple in Beijing who will perform centuries-old ritual music handed down over 27 generations.
More information is available on the exhibition website.


Pilgrims, healers and wizards: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand
2nd October 2014 to 11th January, 2015in room 91 – free entry
Featuring objects from the 18th century to the present, this exhibition shows the variety of religious practices in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand and how Buddhism, spirit worship, divination and other activities interact.


VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. 0207 942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk
Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art and Design; T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art; Samsung Gallery of Korean Art; Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.
Display: Silver from the Malay World
Room 66, 15th July 2013 – 30th October 2014
This display explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.
Silver from the Malay World features rarely seen collections acquired by three prominent colonial administrators, R.J. Wilkinson, R. O. Winstedt and Cecil Wray, who were stationed in British Malaya at the turn of the 20th century. The display also shows the V&A's first ever acquisition of Malay metalwork: electrotype copies of the Perak royal regalia commissioned by the Museum in 1887.

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD
Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH. Tel: +44 (0)1865 278000. Fax: +44 (0)1865 278018
eastern.art@ashmus.ox.ac.uk www.ashmolean.org
Open Tue. – Sun. and Bank Holidays, 10.00 – 6.00. Closed 24th -26th December and 1st January.

Hiroshige's Japan: Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road
Gallery 29, 9 Dec – 22 Feb 2015
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the great masters of the Japanese landscape print and his most famous series was the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido, first published in 1833. Full of details of travellers' experiences of the journey between the cities of Edo and Kyoto, the series captured brilliantly the effects of place, weather and season.


NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF. Tel: 0131 247 4026. www.nms.ac.uk.
MING: The Golden Empire
This exhibition, which is showing until 19th October, 2014, includes original Ming artefacts from Nanjing Museum and both the exhibition and the accompanying publication will showcase exquisite paintings, gold, porcelain, textiles, pottery and calligraphy. www.nms.ac.uk/books.

THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE
Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB. Tel: 01223 332900. Closed Mondays.
The Oriental Gallery of Chinese and Japanese Art and the Gompertz Gallery of Korean Art.
www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.


THE MUSEUM OF EAST ASIAN ART, BATH
12 Bennett Street Bath, BA1 2QJ: Tel. 01225 464640. info@meaa.org.uk. www.meaa.org.uk.


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AUTUMN FAIRS 2014

Asian Art in London 2014 will take place from 30 October – 9 November, 2014, presenting an exciting programme of exhibitions, lectures and symposia, auctions, receptions and gala evenings. Gala Party - Thursday 30th October at the British Museum. Dealers’ late night openings: Kensington Church Street – Saturday 1st November; St. James’s – Sunday 2nd November and Mayfair – Monday 3rd November. For further information on Asian Art in London please visit www.asianartinlondon.com, email info@asianartinlondon.com or telephone +44 (0) 207 499 2215.

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armoury, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York will take place from 17th – 23rd October, 2014. Contact Haughton Fairs on haughton.ny@prodigy.net. Tel: New York + 1 212 642 8572 or London +44 (0) 20 7389 6555.

Fine Art Asia 2014 will take place from 5th – 8th October, 2014, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. For complimentary tickets email info@aaifair.com or go to www.fineartasia.com.

The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair will be held from 8th – 11th January, 2015 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP (entrance in Duke Street). Tickets and enquiries: +44 (0)1797 252030 or go to www.adfl.co.uk.

Penman Fairs are pleased to send OCS members complimentary tickets to their antiques fairs. Go to www.penman-fairs.co.uk, email info@penman-fairs.co.uk or telephone 01825 744074.

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Useful Links:

www.seaceramic.org.sg  - Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore.
www.orientalceramics.org.hk  - The Oriental Ceramic Society, Hong Kong.
www.amigosdooriente.com  - The Oriental Ceramic Society, Portugal.
www.taasa.org.au  - The Asian Arts Society of Australia.
www.meaa.org.uk  - The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, U.K.
www.oxfordceramicsgroup.org.uk  - The Oxford Ceramics Group, U.K.
www.ocssweden.se
  - The Oriental Ceramic Society of Sweden.
www.washingtonocg.org   - Washington Oriental Ceramic Group
www.asianartsociety.org   - Asian Art Society of New England
www.orientalskkeramikk.no   - The Oriental Ceramic Society, Norway
www.orientalskkeramikk.no   - The Oriental Ceramic Society, Norway
www.asianartinlondon.com/content/gala-party   - Asian Art in London - Gala Party




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