Corrina Ellis

The BADA Friends are delighted to announce that University of London SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies) students Corrina Ellis and Chih-En Chen will be the recipients of the inaugural BADA Friends Brian Morgan Prize.

The award is named in memory of former BADA President and Bluett and Sons Director Brian Morgan, who first established the BADA Friends in 1991, and recognises his important work in furthering the knowledge and appreciation of Asian ceramics and works of art.

The prize is awarded to help fund travel or a placement in a relevant institution for a student whose research has the potential to further greater understanding of historical cultural objects or their conservation. 

In keeping with the BADA Friends commitment to supporting all aspects of the art and antiques community, applicants for the award should be considering a career involving the fine or decorative arts in either the museum or commercial sectors.

As a PhD Candidate at the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, Chih-En Chen Specialized in Chinese ceramics and trompe l’oeil works of art in the 18th-19th century China and Europe.

He explained why the Brian Morgan Prize has special significance for him: “It is a privilege and honour to win the BADA Friends Prize in Memory of Brian Morgan.

Chin-En Chen

“Not only because the prize grants me the opportunity to connect to Mr. Morgan's heritage, whose publications for Bluett and Sons, like the Chinese Ceramics from the Postan Collection, inspired me deeply in my early career.

“But also, that the prize will finance a research trip to La Fondation Baur Musée des arts d'Extrême-Orient in Geneva, where some of the exquisite Qing trompe l'oeil porcelains, included in my forthcoming Ph.D. thesis, are held.”

Fellow recipient Corrina Ellis explained how the prize will benefit her curatorial work in the museum sector, saying: “I am delighted to receive the BADA Friends Prize and consider it a privilege to be chosen along with Chin-En Chen.

“I intend to use the prize to fund a place on a course in Japanese early-modern Palaeography at the University of Cambridge this summer.  This will enable familiarisation with the palaeographic challenges characterising Edo-period primary sources I will undoubtedly encounter during research for my dissertation.

“It will also provide valuable training in transcription and translation for the curatorial work I currently undertake in the museum sector. Both academic institutions and museums increasingly require Japanese palaeographic knowledge, and I am extremely grateful to BADA for their support in developing my skills in this area.”