The Oriental Ceramic Society December Lectures – Reminder

Saturday 7, December, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon

OCS/Christie’s Education lecture

* Venue: Christie’s, 8 King Street , St. James’s, London SW1Y 6QT *

The lecture will be followed by refreshments.

To book a place, please email Kiri Cragin at by 30 November 2013

Dr Minna Törmä, Christie’s Education and University of Glasgow

‘Osvald Sirén and his British Friends and Colleagues’

This lecture will be preceded by a short presentation by Nick Pearce from Glasgow on the China Art Research Network ( CARN ), a new platform for art historians, archaeologists and museum professionals who specialise in China .  Finnish-Swedish art historian Osvald Sirén (1879-1966) was one of the pioneers of Chinese art scholarship in the West.  He gained international renown as a scholar of Italian art and then moved on to Chinese art studies, leaving his mark in several fields: architecture, sculpture, painting and garden art.  Dr Törmä’s lecture introduces Sirén’s contacts in Britain : the scholars, collectors and publishers he knew around 1910s-1940s.

Dr Minna Törmä is Lecturer in Chinese Art at Christie’s Education and at the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow . This lecture is launching her recent book Enchanted by Lohans: Osvald Sirén’s Journey into Chinese Art, which can be purchased at this event.

Tuesday 10th December, at the Society of Antiquaries

5.45 p.m. for 6.15 p.m. with welcome drinks sponsored by Woolley & Wallis

 Angela Howard, Director, Heirloom & Howard

The English and their Taste for Chinese Armorial Porcelain

During the course of the 18th century it is estimated that at least 5,000 armorial services or sets of tableware were ordered from China and brought back to England on the ships of the Hon. East India Company – over ten times the volume of similar wares made for any other European market.  With a very brief explanation of some key features of the laws of heraldry and their importance in dating the orders, this lecture will focus on some of the people who commissioned these special designs of porcelain – their portraits, their families and houses, and their professions.  It is a story not just of the aristocrat, but also of the creation of wealth and status through commerce and opportunity, while illustrating the changing taste in fashion for armorial porcelain throughout the century.

Angela Howard is Director of Heirloom & Howard, specialists in Chinese armorial and Chinese export porcelain, with whom she has been associated for over thirty years, first at their London gallery and now in Wiltshire.  As an expert in armorial porcelain and in heraldry she researches and writes on the subject, advises museums and private collectors, and lectures to ceramic societies and institutions.   The company was founded by her late husband, David Sanctuary Howard, author of two volumes of Chinese Armorial Porcelain and other standard reference works on Chinese export porcelain.

Booking is not required for this lecture.

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