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Date: Saturday 27 May 2023
Registration: 10:15- 10:30am
Guided viewing: 10:30 – 11:30am
Place: Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
5/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty

The Oriental Ceramic Society is delighted to present an exclusive guided viewing of Ancient Civilisations – Neolithic Pottery with Ronald Longsdorf.

This guided tour presents the third part to a curated selection of pottery masterworks produced during the Neolithic period in China, including the thoroughly researched collection of Ronald Longsdorf.

For thousands of years before the bronze age, pottery and stone were the most important materials in prehistoric cultures all over the world. They were used to create utilitarian objects and moving works of art. Whether made for daily use or reserved for burial rites, these vessels of fired earth offer a glimpse into a way of life just as early humans were making the transition from hunter-gatherer to farming societies. They offer evidence of the technological know-how of various Neolithic cultures extending as far back as the fifth millennium BCE, advancing to the rise of bronze metallurgy circa second millennium BCE.

Ronald Longsdorf  has a lifetime career (40+ years) as a designer for a wide range of product categories (home decorative accessories and tabletop ware, as well as furniture, fashion accessories, jewellery, gifts and toys) for the western market. His field of expertise is in the creation and manufacturing of ceramics, including knowledge of sculpting, moldmaking, casting, decorating and firing.  His published a number of articles on late Qing Imperial ware, made for the Empress Dowager Cixi, for her palaces in the Forbidden City, and for the celebrations of the grand imperial weddings of the Emperors Tongxi (1872) and Guangxu (1889). The Pottery Age, An Appreciation of Neolithic Ceramics from China, One Hundred Examples from the Collection of Ronald W. Longsdorf was published in 2018.

Members are reminded that this event is strictly limited to current members only. A limited number of places are available and pre-registration is required. Drop-ins will not be entertained.


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