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Lot 223: CELADON-GLAZED INCISED BALUSTER VASE MING DYNASTY, 15TH/16TH CENTURY 55cm high (excluding base)
08 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
CELADON-GLAZED INCISED BALUSTER VASE
MING DYNASTY, 15TH/16TH CENTURY
the body and the neck incised with sprays of flowering peony, with horizontal bands at the neck and shoulder, and vertical leaf forms at the base, covered in a crackled celadon glaze, with a copper mouth rim attachment and a wood stand
55cm high (excluding base)
Acquired from William Clayton Fine Chinese Jade, Porcelain and Oriental Works of Art, with original receipt dated 1st July 1974.
The Collection of Professor J.E.Webb (1915-2011)
Professor Joe E. Webb was a renowned zoologist who published works on a variety of subjects from the ecology of Lagos Lagoon to the respiratory mechanisms of melophagus ovinus. He is most known for setting up two zoology departments, one at Ibadan, Nigeria in 1948 and one at Westfield College, University of London, in 1960, where he later became Vice Principal.
Professor Webb's interest in collecting was sparked at the very beginning of his career, when he worked as assistant to the Director of the Natural History Museum and had ample opportunity to meet colleagues from the other South Kensington Museums. Initially interested in silver and tribal art, Webb switched to Asian works of art in the late 1960's after losing the bulk of his silver in a burglary. Over the course of nearly twenty years, he forged a close friendship with William Clayton, a reputable London dealer and connoisseur of Oriental works based on Bury Street, St James. Clayton specialised in jade and ceramics, two fields that Webb came to particularly concentrate on in his collecting and acquiring of artworks. Meticulous about record keeping, Professor Webb filed receipts for all his purchases, which are possible to view today alongside the collection for sale. Webb died aged 96 in 2011 in his house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, surrounded by his collection.