Sir John M Addis (Biographical details)

Sir John M Addis (official; academic/intellectual; British; Male; 1914 - 1983)

Also known as

Addis, John M; Addis, John Mansfield


Sir John Addis had a family connection with the Far East. His father Sir Charles Addis was the Head of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. British Diplomat and former Ambassador to China, Addis served three diplomatic terms there between 1947 and 1974 and was also Ambassador to the Philippines in 1963-70. He held important positions within a number of major museums and specialist societies. John Addis became a leading authority on early blue and white and underglaze red porcelain publishing extensively. He was a Trustee of the British Museum, to which he made an important gift of 22 pieces of porcelain in 1975 and later a bequest. His Chinese furniture was bequeathed to the V&A where he had been on the Advisory Council.
Publications: "Chinese Ceramics from Datable Tombs", 1978;
"Chinese Porcelain from the John Addis Collection, 1979;
"Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 'A Group of Underglaze Red', vol. 31, 1957-59, pp. 15-38, 4 Pls; 'A Group of Underglaze Red; a Postcript', vol. 36, 1964-66, pp. 89-102; 'Chinese Porcelain found in the Phillippines', vol. 37, 1967-69, pp. 17-36; 'Hung Wu and Yung Lo White', vol 41, 1975-77, pp. 35-45, 12 Pls; 'A Visit to Chingte Chen', vol. 41, 1975-77, pp. 35-45, 12 Pls; 'Porcelain Stone and Kaolin: Late Yuan Developments', vol. 45, 1980-81, pp. 54-66.


Basil Gray, 'Chinese porcelain of the XIV and XVc and the John Addis gift' in "Collectors & Collections, the British Museum Yearbook 2", BM 1977, pp.156-188; Jessica Harrison-Hall, "Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum", 2001, p. 585; Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars:Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America", 2011, pp 42 & 43; "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", vol. 47, 1982-1983, p. 9, obituary, Margaret Medley; Who’s Who 1972, p. 20;

Davids and Jellenik 2011, p.