R Soame Jenyns (Biographical details)

R Soame Jenyns (curator; British; Male; 1904 - 1976)

Also known as

Jenyns, R Soame

Biography

Curator; from 1927 to 1931 he was in the Hong Kong civil service, after which he joined the British Museum where, except for secondment to the Admiralty during the war, he remained until 1968. He was on the Committee of the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1935-1936. He was Deputy Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities 1950 to 1968. Between 1954 and 1972 he made gifts of Chinese porcelain to the Museum. A selection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics are in the Marlay Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge on loan from the Jenyns family. First (unused) name Roger.
Publications: R. Soame Jenyns, " Later Chinese Porcelain", 1951; "Ming Pottery and Porcelain", 1953; "Wares of the Transitional Period between Ming and the Ch’ing 1620-1683", 1955; "Japanese Porcelain", 1965; "Japanese Pottery", 1971; Papers in 'TOCS', vol. 15, 1937-1938; vol. 17, 1939-1940; vol. 21, 1945-1946; vol. 25, 1949-1950; vol. 27, 1951-1952; vol. 29, 1954-1955 (2 papers; vol. 31, 1957-1959; vol. 34, 1962-1963; vol. 35, 1963-1964; vol. 36, 1964-1966.

Bibliography

Davids and Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America", 2011, p.257; Harrison-Hall, 2001, p. 591; Pierson, "Collectors, Collections and Museums: The Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960", 2007, p. 195 & 206; "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", vol. 41, 1975-1977, p. xxiv, obituary, Gerald Reitlinger; William Watson, ‘Roger Soame Jenyns 1904-1979’, "The Burlington Magazine", volume 119, no.887, 1977, p.119; 1995-1996, pp. 157-161, "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", vol. 60, 'Soame Jenyns recalled', Sir John Figgess.