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The OCS is excited to announce this six-part lecture series by Prof. Peter Y. K. Lam introducing the history of Chinese ceramics through archaeological sites in Hong Kong.

This unique and informative series aims to introduce members to common terminology, vessel forms as well as to the connoisseurship of ceramics through artefacts excavated in Hong Kong. Conducted in plain language comprehensible to the layman, the series will also appeal to scholars, archaeologists, collectors and lovers of Chinese art.

Prof. Peter Y. K. Lam is Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before his retirement in 2013 he had been with the Art Museum of the Chinese University for four decades and was its Director for fourteen of those years.

For all six lectures: $1,200 Members and $1,500 for non-members

For a single lecture: $250 for members and $300 for non-members (Click on the desired title below)

Please note all lectures will be held from 15:00 to 16:30 at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, except for the final lecture which will be held at The Hong Kong Club in the evening on the 5th of November

1.  Sept 28: Introduction to Chinese ceramics and early traditions

Definitions of some technical terms and jargon in Chinese ceramic art, general development of ceramics in China over the millennia, methodology in the study and connoisseurship of Chinese ceramics. 

2.  Oct 5: Han ceramics including the Li Cheng Uk Tomb finds and related issues

Introduction to ceramic industry in China during the Han period, local traditions, Han sites and burials in HK

3.  Oct 12: Late Song to Yuan Ceramic Finds in Kowloon Bay (To Kwa Wan MTR site)

Song and Yuan sites in HK focusing on the recent finds from Kowloon Bay, and their connections with the last Emperors of Song and overseas trade.

4.  Oct 26: Penny’s Bay Finds in Lantau Island (Ming finds at Disneyland site)

Massive quantities of Ming ceramic finds had been discovered at Penny’s Bay prior to the construction of the Disneyland. The ceramic types (some from SE Asia), their dating as well as significance and function of the site will be discussed.

5.  Nov 2: Made in Hong Kong ”“ the Tai Po Wun Yiu kilnsite

The site, known to locals and students for decades, had been responsible for the firing of blue and white porcelain since the 17th Century. Type-forms, dating and kiln site activity remains will be discussed.

6.  Nov 5: Detecting the Fakes – Dating of Chinese Ceramics

From very early in the history of collecting Chinese antiquities, fakes and forgeries have existed. But the situation has become worse in recent years, following the opening-up of China and the escalation of prices of good collectors’ items. This lecture will discuss practical methods for dealing with these fakes.  

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