White Jade ‘Birds and Rockwork’ Group Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
Sotheby’s Autumn Sale preview
with Nicolas Chow
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3 (new wing),
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Sunday 2nd October, 2016 08:45 – 10:00 am
$100 Members only, numbers strictly limited
The Oriental Ceramic Society is delighted to announce a preview of Sotheby’s Autumn Sale with Nicolas Chow. The highlights of this sale are two extraordinary historical objects from the Qianlong period: a zither made to order for the emperor in 1746, and a massive jade seal carved fifty years later marking Qianlong’s rise to the status of Emperor Supreme.
Of particular note are 22 bronze votive figures from the collection of the legendary Japanese collector and dealer Sakamoto Gorō (1923-2016) that document the transmission of Buddhism into China from the 4th century onwards. This group of works includes a number with documentary inscriptions, including a famous large gilt-bronze figure of Padmapani from the Northern Wei Dynasty, dated 470.
Sotheby’s is also pleased to present 92 works from the collection of the distinguished London dealer, Roger Keverne. Built up over 50 years, this collection reveals his eclectic taste and expertise, with a particularly deep knowledge of jade. Other highlights include Ming and Qing imperial porcelain from a French collection, and 22 furniture items and table-top pieces that showcase the elegance and refinement of the late Ming/Qing dynasties.
Monday 3rd October, 2016, 18:30 – 20:00
The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
$100 members; $150 non-members
The Oriental Ceramic Society is delighted to welcome Donna Strahan, Head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution to share with members her research on Asian metalwork.
Very few ancient metal objects appear as they did when they were first fabricated. They have been subjected to time, use, and/or burial in the ground. Both chemical and physical changes have occurred altering them permanently. Donna’s talk will explore how to interpret an object’s original, intended appearance when it was first fabricated. The discussion will be illustrated with photos of Asian metalwork surfaces. Read more.
Jade Workshop: Technical aspects every collector needs to know
Tuesday 11th October, 2016
The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
Registration opens 18:00; 18:30 – 20:00 pm
$250 Members; $300 Non-members
The Oriental Ceramic Society is delighted to bring you a special small group workshop on Chinese jades that will appeal both to those wishing to learn basic connoisseurship skills about one of the most revered materials in China, as well as to serious collectors.
Renee Chiang and Bao Pu will be sharing their methodology for studying ancient Chinese jades, one that has been honed through years of collecting. Combining the knowledge gleaned from academic studies of archaeologically-excavated jades, with the hands-on practice of the connoisseur, they will present members with a step-by-step approach to examining and appreciating jades. A short richly-illustrated presentation will be followed by a hands-on study session.
Renee Chiang and Bao Pu are the owners of New Century Press, and the Numina Collection of Archaic Jades.
Please register here.
Tsz Shan Monastery
with Professor Puay-peng Ho
88 Universal Gate Road, Tai Po, New Territories
Saturday 24th September
Pick-up and drop-off at the General Post Office, Central. 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
$450 members; $500 non-members
The OCS had a visit to Tsz Shan Monastery (慈山寺) with Professor Puay-peng Ho, the chief consultant behind the architecture and sculpture of the monastery. Located at the foot of Pat Sin Leng in Tai Po with majestic views over the Tolo Harbour, the monastery is a beautifully tranquil centre for the practice, study and appreciation of Buddhism. The complex has been designed to emulate that of a Tang dynasty building complex with buildings drawing on the architectural traditions of the Tang, Song, Liao and Jin dynasties. Read more.
Welcome to The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong. Founded in 1974 by a small group of collectors and enthusiasts, it is an independent non-profit society for those sharing an interest in Asian art and culture. Over its forty-year history, it has established itself as a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge about all aspects of Asian art through a diverse series of events. These include lectures by scholars and collectors, guided exhibition viewings, study tours, exclusive auction previews, collection visits, and masterclasses that look at a particular subject in greater depth.
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