Annual Conventions

The Society has held annual conventions since the first event in New York City, September of 1969. Three conventions have been held in New York City as well as all other major cities in the United States such as: Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and many other cities.

The international venues have included three conventions in London, three in Hong Kong, three in Canada, one in Beijing, China and one in Paris, France.

The 50th ICSBS Convention will take place in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) Tuesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 27, 2018.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

11 a.m. – Opening of Dealers’ Room, Cobalt II Room
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Registration – Cobalt Foyer
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Luncheon, Marine Room (co-hosted by Christie’s) 5:00 p.m. – Lecture John G. Ford, Cobalt I Room
“1968, The Founding of ICSBS and Other Memorable Events”
6:30 p.m. – New members’ meeting, Indigo Room
Evening Free
Dealers’ Room open till 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Depart for DC

8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ Room open, Cobalt II Room
12 noon –Depart for Hillwood Museum with snuff bottles (Home of Marjorie Merriweather Post)
(Silver bag lunch on coach provided by China Guardian Auctioneers)
3:15 p.m. – Coaches depart for Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art
5:30 p.m. – Depart for Peking Gourmet Restaurant, Falls Church, VA (hosted by Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, VA)
8:30 p.m. – Depart for Baltimore
Dealers’ Room open till 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ Room open, Cobalt II Room
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Lecture by Jill Guo on Wang Xisan snuff bottle exhibition and catalog 12 noon – Coaches depart for Mt. Vernon Club
12:15 p.m. - Luncheon at Mt. Vernon Club (hosted by Mid-Atlantic Collectors)
2:30 p.m. - Walters Art Museum to see special snuff bottle exhibition
(exhibition underwritten by Michael Lukasek)
4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. – Reception hosted by Walters
5:30 p.m. – Lecture by Clare Chu, Walters Art Museum, Auditorium
6:45 p.m. – Depart for Four Seasons Hotel
Evening Free
Dealers’ Room open till 11:00 p.m.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dealers’ Room open at 8:30 a.m., Cobalt II Room
9 a.m. -10 a.m. - Members’ meeting, Cobalt I Room
10 a.m. -10:30 a.m. – Viewing of Benefit Auction items, Cobalt I Room 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Benefit Auction for the Education Fund
1:30 p.m. -2:15 p.m. – Three seminars – Cobalt I, Indigo and Marine Rooms
Michael Chu – “Stoppering Snuff Bottles”, Marine Room
John O’Hara – “Figural Snuff Bottles”, Indigo Room
Wang Jinpeng and Emmett Zhang – “Inside-painting Demonstration”, Cobalt I Room
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Refreshments (cookies and soft drinks), outside Cobalt Ballroom 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Repeat of all seminars - Cobalt I, Marine and Indigo Rooms Dealers’ room closes at 5:00 p.m.
Black tie or Asian dress
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. – Cocktails, Cash bar – Grand Pre-function foyer
7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. – Gala dinner, remarks, awards and dancing, Grand Ballroom B (hosted by Bonhams)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10:00 a.m. – Depart for Baltimore Museum of Art
12 noon – Luncheon at Gertrude’s, Baltimore Museum of Art
2:00 p.m. – Visit home of Berthe and John Ford
3:30 p.m. – Depart for Tashiding, home of Tsognie and Douglas Hamilton, Jr. (country estate with collections and gardens)
6:00 p.m. – Depart for hotel