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 Beijing, three in Canada, one in Dublin, five in Hong Kong, four in London, one in Paris, one in Singapore, one in Taipei, and one in Xian.

52nd Annual Convention of International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the Taipei convention has been POSTPONED to October 2021! 


52nd Annual Convention of International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society
Tuesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 30, 2021, Taipei, Taiwan

Shangri-La Taipei Hotel Deluxe/Superior NT$6,000 for 1-person = US$200; NT$6,600 for 2 = US$220 – breakfasts included

OPTIONAL PRE-CONVENTION GOLF TOURNAMENT: This tournament is organized by Arlene Goldney to begin approximately 2-3 days prior to the convention program. If you are interested, please contact her directly at

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
11 a.m. – Opening of Dealers’ Room, North & South Gate, B1 Level
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Registration, B1 Level Foyer
3:00 p.m. – New members’ meeting
4:30 p.m. – Opening Lecture, Hugh M. Moss, B1 Metro Suite
“Early Qianlong Palace Enameled Glass”
Questions and Answer period
6:30 p.m. – Opening Chinese dinner, Grand Ballroom B, 2nd floor
Dealers’ Room open till 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
9:30 a.m. – Board coaches for Palace Museum Taipei
12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Silks Palace Restaurant (hosted by Hou Rongfang & Li Xiao)
3:00 p.m. – Lecture in auditorium by Pei-Chin Yu, Ph.D., Executive Deputy Director of the Palace Museum Taipei
“Snuff Bottles from the Qianlong Emperor’s Collection and Related Issues”
Questions and Answer period
6:00 p.m. – Depart Palace Museum Taipei for dinner (hosted by collectors at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall: Jason Chen, Mike Ma and Jones Tsai)
8:00 p.m. – Return to Shangri-La Hotel
Dealers’ Room open till 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ Room open
9:30 a.m. – Depart for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
10:00 a.m. – Lecture by Clare Chu, curator of the snuff bottle exhibition, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Auditorium
11:20 a.m. – Exhibition Opening Ceremony, Boai Gallery (main floor)
"A Courtly Gathering of Qing Treasures: Chinese Snuff Bottles from Taiwanese Collections” (掌上乾坤:鼻煙壺收藏精品展)
11:30 a.m. - Viewing of Taiwan Collectors Snuff Bottle Exhibition, Boai Gallery
1:00 p.m. – Buffet luncheon at Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Café, lower level
2:30 p.m. – Resume viewing the exhibition and the Memorial Hall Museum
4:00 p.m. – Depart Memorial Hall for Art Taipei 2021
7:00 p.m. – Dinner (hosted by the Chinese Culture & Fine Arts Association)

Friday, October 29, 2021 

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Members’ meeting, Metro Suite
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Viewing of Benefit Auction items
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Benefit Auction for the Education Fund
1:30 pm – Two seminars
“Art and Tobacco in Medicine”, Dr. Chung Seng Lee, West Gate B1
“Inheriting a Non-documented Collection of Art”, Caroline Riis-Grootveld,
3F Premier Room
4:30 p.m. – Dealers’ room closes permanently

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)

54th annual convention in San Francisco:

Tuesday, October 25 - Saturday, October 29, 2022

2023 55th annual convention in Lisbon. Dates to be announced
2024 56th annual convention in Philadelphia. Dates to be announced