SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

The World In Colours

An Exhibition Presented by the Oriental Ceramics Society

25 April - 24 June 2006

The previous exhibition organised by the Oriental Ceramics Society  in 2003, was devoted to the use of cobalt to paint designs on white porcelain wares that were then fired to a high temperature after the application of colourless glaze. This blue and white Chinese porcelain had a profound and lasting influence on ceramics made in Asia and Europe, but this new exhibition explores other methods of decorating ceramics had been used in China and elsewhere long before cobalt was introduced.

The earliest ceramics in the exhibition date to the Tang dynasty (618-906), and the latest to the early decades of the 20th century when modern design schools had started to operate in China. Over 220 ceramic pieces from members of the Oriental Ceramic Society illustrate the 1,400 years between these two dates.

Colourful Song, Ming and Qing dynasty wares are shown alongside vessels from Japan, Vietnam, the Middle East and Europe, to illustrate the immense impact China had on world ceramics.

There is a fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition available from the Brunei Gallery Bookshop priced £10.00 and there will be THE WORLD IN COLOURS �ƒ¢â�€š¬â�‚��“ Seminar Wednesday 14th June 2006 held in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, tickets in advance are £25.00 (£15.00 Concessions)

Organising Body:
Rose Kerr, Chair and Editor (formerly V&A Museum); Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum); Sheila Canby (British Museum); Stacey Pierson (Percival David Foundation); Rosemary Scott (Christie's), Anthony du Boulay (formerly Christie's); Phillip Allen (Collector) and Jean Martin.

The Society would like to thank the Brunei Gallery, SOAS for providing the venue for the exhibition and support for the exhibition, and the team there for all their assistance. For the catalogue, the Society would like to thank Ceramica-Stiftung Basel for sponsorship and John Mallet and Anthony du Boulay for their support.

Many of the photographs were taken by Glen Ratcliffe at the Percival David Foundation ; other photography was by 'Image 2 Photography' and members of the Society.

Further details about the Oriental CVeramics Society can be found at

 or by writing to The Oriental Ceramic Society, PO Box 58, East Molesey KT8 8AX.