Visitor looking at the displays in Room 95

Room 95

Chinese ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection

Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies
AD 200s – 1900s

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Daily: 10.00–17.00 (Fridays: 20.30)
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The skilful transformation of ordinary clay into beautiful objects has captivated the imagination of people throughout history and across the globe.

Porcelain was first produced in China around AD 600. Chinese ceramics, by far the most advanced in the world, were made for the imperial court, the domestic market or for export. Sir Percival David mostly collected objects of imperial quality or of traditional Chinese taste.

Within this gallery of almost 1,700 objects are examples of the finest Chinese ceramics in the world, dating from the third to the 20th century. Some are unique creations, while others were mass-produced in batches of several hundred at a time. Technological innovations and the use of regional raw materials mean that Chinese ceramics are visually diverse.

The objects in this gallery are on loan from the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art.

Take a virtual tour

Take a closer look at the beautiful variety of ceramics on display in Room 95.

Row of display cases filled with ceramics. ©2020 Google.


  • A large print guide is available.
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language multimedia guide. This resource is temporarily unavailable. You can access a selection of BSL films on your own device.
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available on Soundcloud.
  • Seating is available.
  • Step-free access.
  • View sensory map.

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