Sir Alan Barlow’s Collection at the Ashmolean Museum, The University of Oxford
Evening presentation by Ms. Shelagh Vainker, Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Drinks reception at 6:30 pm
Presentation at 7:00 pm
Close at 8:00 pm
The Barlow Collection of Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jades is one of the leading 20th-century English collections of its type. Sir Alan Barlow (1881-1968), President of the Oriental Ceramic Society 1947-63, was a distinguished Civil Servant with a commitment to public education, and following his death the collection was placed, as a Trust, at the then newly established University of Sussex. In 2011 the collection was transferred to the Ashmolean. The 450 pieces comprise mainly ceramics of the Tang and Song dynasties and include Ru and Guan wares. This lecture will discuss the formation of the collection and its place in the history of the study of Chinese ceramics.
Shelagh Vainker is Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University Lecturer in Chinese Art and a fellow of St Hugh’s College. She was President of OCS London 2009-12 and has published on Chinese ceramics, silk and modern painting. Her most recent publication is the exhibition catalogue Landscape / Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing (Ashmolean Museum, 2013).