Woman looking at blue and white vases in the Chinese ceramics gallery.

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6 May 2021


Online event

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The Sir Percival David Collection encompasses the most famous private assemblage of Chinese ceramics, amassed by financier and philanthropist Sir Percival David. 

This talk by Stacey Pierson, Reader in the History of Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London, explores the biography of Sir Percival David through the lens of this remarkable collection, on permanent display in Room 95 at the British Museum.

It will be introduced by Jessica Harrison-Hall, Head of China Section and Curator of the Sir Percival David Collection and Decorative Arts at the British Museum.

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About the speaker

Stacey Pierson is Reader in the History of Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London. In addition to teaching and supervising research students in the School of Arts, she is Series Editor for the Routledge series Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 15501950. From 1995–2007, she was Curator of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art at the University of London which housed the world-renowned David collection of Chinese ceramics, and from 2010–2020 she edited the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society (London).  

Pierson has published widely on aspects of Chinese ceramics and the history of collecting and exhibitions, including Collectors, Collections and Museums: the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain: 15601960 (Peter Lang) and her most recent book, Private Collecting, Exhibitions and the Shaping of Art History in London: the Burlington Fine Arts Club, 18661950 (Routledge). The latter examines an influential art collecting group in London that played a key role in the intellectual development of Chinese ceramics and other collecting fields through display.

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