Lyon & Turnbull

Fine Asian Art | The Collection of Professor Joe E. Webb | 08 November 2016

Lyon & Turnbull’s November Fine Asian sale features the collection of Professor Joe E. Webb (1915-2011). Webb, a renowned zoologist, 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.


     Fine Asian Works of Art Auction

MOTTLED CELADON JADE BRUSH POT IN THE SHAPE OF AN ELEPHANT
QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY    
Sold for £11,875*

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 at 96 in 2011 in his house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, surrounded by his collection.

 

     Fine Asian Works of Art Auction

CELADON JADE CARVED "PHOENIX AND PEACH" GROUP    
QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Sold for £2,750

All photos credit Justin Webb Photography

*All prices include buyer's premium.


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Published: 7 September 2016

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