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

Headquarters: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Hotel

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

11:00 a.m. - Opening of Dealers’ room - Pardal Monteiro Room
11:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Registration
3:00 p.m. - New members’ meeting, Sintra 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
“19th Century China: The Forgotten Century”
Question and Answer period
6:30 p.m. - Opening festive cocktail hour/dinner, Sintra Room
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ room open - Pardal Monteiro Room
11:00 a.m. - Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
12.00 p.m. - Depart for Museu do Oriente
1:00 p.m. – Luncheon in museum (hosted by Susan Page and Laurence Souksi)
2.30 p.m. – Visit the museum  
3:00 p.m. – Joint illustrated lecture
“Portuguese links to Asia and China” by Andrew Singer
“Chinese Snuff Bottles: Its history, manufacture and development” by Susan Page
Question and Answer period
5:00 p.m. - Depart for Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida (private viewing of bottles from
European ICSBS collections)
5:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception (hosted by Dr. Derek 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
6:30 p.m. - Depart for hotel, evening free
Friday, October 13, 2023
8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ room open - Pardal Monteiro Room
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Members’ meeting, Sintra Room
10:00 - 12:30 p.m. – Benefit Auction for the ICSBS Educational Fund
Afternoon free - Visit Dealers’ Room
4:00 p.m. - Break down of dealers’ room 
Gala Banquet
6;30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. – Cocktails, Tivoli Room Foyer
7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Gala dinner, remarks, awards and dancing, Tivoli Room
Saturday, October 14, 2023
10:00 a.m. - Depart for Sintra
11:00 a.m. – Arrive at Queluz Palace (1/2 way to Sintra)
12:30-2:00 p.m.- Lunch
2:00 p.m. - Depart for Sintra Center
2:45-4:00 p.m. - National Palace of Pena

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