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Ernest Thornhill and Oriental Ceramics

The Thornhill Collection

The Collection of 270 pieces of oriental ceramics is important, containing Chinese wares along with a small number of Korean and Japanese pieces. The earliest pieces in the Collection belong to the Shang (1700 –1028 BC) and Zhou (1027–221 BC) dynasties. Ceramic experts, Steven Moore and Anna Westin, have advised that the Collection is a rare and rich resource for students, academic researchers and professional practitioners. Below: Dave Parkes, Former Associate Director of Information Services, examines a piece from the collection.