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 55th Annual ICSBS Convention will take place in Lisbon, Portugal!

Tuesday October 10 - Saturday, October 14, 2023

Registration is now open!

Convention only Member $1,005
Convention only Non-Member $1,130
Convention plus Optional Tour Member $1,223
Convention plus Optional Tour Non-Member $1,400
Optional Tour only Member $218
Optional Tour only Non-Member $270

For a paper copy of the registration form please click here.

For registration forms in Chinese please check the link to the right of this page.

Headquarters: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel

Since we received many convention registrations, the Tivoli is sold out for our convention dates.

Please make your own hotel reservations!


Tuesday, October 10, 2023
11:00 a.m. - Opening of Dealers’ room - Pardal Monteiro Room
11:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Registration
3:30 p.m. – Opening reception, Tivoli Room
4:30 p.m. - Opening lecture by Jessica Harrison-Hall, Head of China section at the British Museum, Curator of Chinese Ceramics and Decorative Arts, and Curator of the Sir Percival David Collections, Tivoli Room
“China’s Hidden Century - 1796-1912”
Questions and Answers
6:00-7:00 p.m. - New members’ meeting, Tivoli Room
Evening Free

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ room open - Pardal Monteiro Room
12.00 p.m. - Depart for Museu do Oriente – Proceed to display of Chinese snuff bottles, ground floor. Welcome by Mrs. Graça Mendes Pinto, Director
1:00 p.m. – Luncheon in museum (hosted by Susan Page and Laurence Souksi)
2:30 p.m. – Joint illustrated lecture, Lecture Hall
“Portuguese links to Asia and China” by Andrew Singer
“Chinese Snuff Bottles: Its history, manufacture and development” by Susan Page, co-curator of Chinese snuff bottles display
Questions and Answers
3:45 p.m. – Tour the rest of the Museu do Oriente
5:00 p.m. – Depart for Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida (private viewing of snuff bottles from ICSBS collections)
5:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception (hosted by Derek, Ann, and Rebecca Shepherd)

Thursday, October 12, 2023
8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ room open - Pardal Monteiro Room
11.00 a.m. – Depart for Museu Nacional d’Arte Antigua (National Fine Arts Museum) and alternating groups to Santos Palace (French Embassy) to view room with early Ming blue & white porcelain plates
Lunch at your leisure in vicinity
2:00 p.m. - Depart for Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
2:30 p.m. - Welcome by Jessica Hallett - tour of galleries
4.30 p.m. - Depart Gulbenkian
5:00 p.m. - Visit Jorge Welsh Gallery to view Portuguese Collectors’ Snuff Bottles (cocktail reception)
6:30 p.m. - Depart for hotel
Evening Free

Friday, October 13, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Members’ meeting, Conference Center, (adjacent building to Tivoli) Condes Suvena Room, 2nd floor
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. – Viewing of auction items, Conference Center, Condes Suvena Room, 2nd floor
10:30 - 12:30 p.m. – Benefit Auction for the ICSBS Educational Fund, Condes de Suvena Room
Afternoon free - Visit Dealers’ Room
4:00 p.m. - Break down of dealers’ room

Gala Banquet – Black tie or Asian dress
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. – Welcome Cocktails, Conference Center (adjacent building to Tivoli)
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Gala dinner, remarks, awards and dancing, Condes de Suvena Room, 2nd floor

Saturday, October 14, 2023
10:00 a.m. - Depart hotel with guide onboard each coach
11:00 a.m. – Arrive at Queluz Palace (1/2 way to Sintra)
12:30 p.m.- Depart for Sintra Center
1:00-2:30 p.m. - Lunch
2:45 p.m. - Depart for National Palace of Sintra
4:00 p.m. – Depart for Tivoli Hotel

Our 56th annual convention in Philadelphia will take place from Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 2, 2024