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.

Our 56th Annual ICSBS Convention will take place in Philadelphia, USA

Tuesday October 29 - Saturday, November 2, 2024

Headquarters: Le Meridien Hotel, 1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Use this link to make your hotel reservation!


Convention Registration Member before August 1


Convention Registration Non-Member before August 1


Convention Registration before September 1 – Member: $930


Convention Registration before September 1 – Non-Member: $1,055


Regular Convention Registration – Member: $1,005


Regular Convention Registration – Non-Member: $1,130

Optional Tour Member

Optional Tour Non-Member

Dealers only: one display case

Dealers only: additional display cases


Tuesday, October 29, 2024 

11:00 a.m. – Registration, Foyer 3rd floor
11:00 a.m. – Opening of Dealers’ Room and Collectors’ Exhibition, Abele Library
3:00 p.m. – Opening Reception, 3rd floor Foyer
3:30 p.m. - Welcome Remarks, 3rd floor Foyer
4:30 p.m. – Lecture by Susan Page, 3rd floor Salon II
“Overview of the Philadelphia Museum Collection of Snuff Bottles”
Questions and Answers
6:00 p.m. – Meeting of new members, Salon II
Evening free
Dealers’ Room open until 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30, 2024
10:00 a.m. – Lecture by Clare Chu, 3rd floor Salon II
“Chinese Snuff Bottles from Mid-Atlantic Collections”
Questions and Answers
11:15 a.m. – Lecture by Henric Adey, 3rd floor Salon II
12:30 -2:00 p.m. – Luncheon in hotel, Atrium (5th floor)
Afternoon free to visit dealers’ room or local museums
Dealers’ Room open until 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 31, 2024
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Members’ meeting, Salon II
11:00 a.m. – Coaches depart for Philadelphia Museum of Art
12:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own (cafeteria or Stir Restaurant) in the museum
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Lecture by Dr. Hiromi Kinoshita, curator of Chinese art and head of the East Asian Art department, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Questions and Answers
5:00 p.m. – Coaches depart for a historic tour of Philadelphia
6:00 p.m. – Chinese Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Coaches return to the hotel
Evening Free
Dealers’ Room open until 11:00 p.m.

Friday, November 1, 2024
9:30 a.m. – Viewing of Auction Items, Salon II
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Auction for the Benefit of the Education Fund led by
Robert Hall
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Seminar 1 led by John O’Hara, Museum Room 5th floor
“Nephrite and Jadeite Snuff Bottles”
Seminar II led by Dr. Koos de Jong, Salon II
“Cloisonné Enamels Snuff Bottles”
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Reception, Foyer 3rd floor
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. – Repeat of seminars
5:00 p.m. – Breakdown of Dealers’ Room

Gala Banquet - Black tie or Asian dress
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Cash Bar cocktails, Ballroom Foyer
7:30 – 12:00 a.m. – Gala dinner, remarks, awards and dancing, Ballroom


Saturday, November 2, 2024
9:30 a.m. – Coach departs for Winterthur Museum
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Tour Museum to view its extraordinary collection of American furniture and decorative arts
12:30 pm – Coach departs for lunch
2:00 p.m. – Arrive at Longwood Gardens
3:15 p.m. – Fountain display at Longwood Gardens
4:00 p.m. – Coach departs for Le Meridien Hotel
5:30 p.m. – Approximate arrival at Le Meridien

Our 57th annual convention in Toronto, Canada will take place from Tuesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 18, 2025