The Watney Collection of Chinese Porcelain Decorated in Holland and England Friday 7 November 2003 3pm - Anon.London: Bonhams, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “With his keen eye and extraordinary knowledge, Bernard Watney could have formed an incredible collection of Chinese porcelain as he trawled the stalls of Portobello Road. He wasn’t interested, though, in the standard Chinese Export wares that were well known and fairly well documented. Instead he collected early English porcelain because it was a challenge. There was, however, a specific kind of Chinese porcelain that caught Bernard’s eye. Back in the 1960s, European-decorated Asian porcelain simply wasn’t appreciated. The pieces that most collectors condemned as ‘clobbered’, appealed to Bernard who could see beyond the confused decoration. To Bernard they were also an enormous challenge.
John Sandon, the Director of Bonhams’ European ceramics department, has catalogued the collection. His exhaustive introductory essay tells the fascinating story of some of Europe’s earliest china painting. Errol Manners has kindly written foreword, while Mavis Watney has provided ne financial backing to commission this lavish catalogue. Our aim has been the creation of reference book to match the previous three volumes of the Watney collection. Together, these are a permanent record of this remarkable collection.
This sale gives collectors the chance to observe and handle masterpieces of European-decorated Chinese porcelain, alongside colourful pieces that very inexpensive in their day. We feel these have neglected for far too long, and Bonhams hope that by presenting this collection for sale, we will inspire new collectors and bring a new of appreciation to this field.”