oliverwatsonProfessor Oliver Watson

Position:
I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture

Faculty / College Address:
Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East,
University of Oxford,
3 St John Street,
Oxford, OX1 2LG
UK
oliver.watson@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research interests:
Islamic art, particularly the art of the object.
History of ceramics
History of collecting, and of fakes and forgeries
Museology and the presentation of Islamic Art

Current projects:
Ceramic production at Raqqa, Syria


Recent publications:
2010 - "The Case of the Ottoman Table", Journal of the David Collection, v. 3, p. 22-53.
2007 - "Rayy - from Wallis to Watson", in Treptow, Tanya, Daily Life Ornamented: The Medieval Persian City of Rayy, Oriental Institute of Chicago
2007 - "Another Gilt Glass Bottle", in Hagedorn, A. and A. Shalem (eds), Facts and Artefacts - Art in the Islamic World; Festschrift for Jens Kröger on his 65th Birthday , Brill, Leiden, Boston, 2007, p. 105-120

 

Full list of publications:


Books
1985 - Persian Lustre Ware, Faber Monograph on Ceramics, London, 209 pp.
2004 - Ceramics from Islamic Lands: a Catalogue of the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, Thames and Hudson, London, 512 pp.
2008 - Museum of Islamic Art – Guide, Prestel, Munich, 144 pp.
Contributions to Books
1976 - Entries for the ceramics in: The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, nos. 248-428
1985 - "Ceramics", in Treasures of Islam, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva , pp. 206-247
1987 - "Ceramics", introductory essay and catalogue entries in "Art from the World of Islam, 8th - 18th century", Louisiana Revy, 27/3, March 1987, catalogue of exhibition held in the Louisiana Museum, Denmark, pp. 43-49
1987 - "'Tell Minis' Wares", with Venetia Porter, Syria and Iran, Three Studies in Medieval Ceramics, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art, IV, pp. 175-248
1988 - "Ceramics", in Islamic Art in the Keir Collection, Faber and Faber, London, pp. 137-286
1997 - "Islamic Glass", chapter in Glass (ed. R. Liefkes) V&A, 160 pp.
2003 - "Ceramics in the Islamic World", in The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture v. 5: Culture and Learning In Islam, UNESCO Publishing, Paris, p. 751-66.

Articles (does not include reviews or short notices)
1975 - "The Masjid-i Ali, Quhrud: an architectural and epigraphic survey", Iran, XIII, pp. 59-74
1975 - "Persian Lustre Ware, from the 14th to the 19th Centuries", Le Monde Iranien et l'Islam, III, pp. 63-80
1976 - "Persian Lustre-Painted Pottery: The Rayy and Kashan Styles", Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1973-5, vol. 40, pp. 1-19
1979 - "Persian Wares, the Clement Ades Gift to the Victoria and Albert Museum", Connoisseur, January, pp. 13-19
1979 - "Persian Silhouette Ware and the Development of Underglaze Painting", Decorative Techniques and Styles in Asian Ceramics, ed. M. Medley, Percival David Foundation Colloquy, No. 8, University of London, pp. 86-103
1981 - "A Syrian Bull: a Rare Islamic Figurine", Apollo, January, pp. 10-13
1981 - "Iznik from Isfahan", Apollo, September, pp. 176-179
1982 - "An Islamic Lacquered Dish", Lacquerwork in Asia and Beyond, ed. W. Watson, Percival David Foundation Colloquy, No. 11, University of London, pp. 232-246
1983 - "Acquisitions in the Department of Ceramics, 1981-2: Islamic and Studio Pottery", Burlington Magazine, May
1983 - "Ottoman Ceramics", in Die Turken vor Wien, exhibition catalogue, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, pp. 341-350
1983 - "Two Persian Tiles", Arts of Asia, November -December, (number devoted to the Museum of Oriental Art, Durham), pp. 90-92
1985 - "The Artistry of the Islamic Tile", Orientations, January, 15-31
1985 - "Fakes and Forgeries of Islamic Pottery", Album of the Victoria and Albert Museum, IV, 38-46
1986 - "Islamic Art and Computers", Arts and the Islamic World, Winter 1985 - Spring 1986, pp. 27-28
1987 - "Pottery and Metal Shapes in Persia in the 12th and 13th Centuries", Pots and Pans, ed. Michael Vickers, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art III, pp. 205-212
1987 - "Islamic Pots in Chinese Style", Burlington Magazine, CXXIX, May, 1987, pp. 304-306
1990 - "A World View of Artistic Excellence", in interview with Sajid Rizvi, Eastern Art Report, July, pp. 16-20
1990 - Review article: "Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, by Raby and Atasoy", Orientations, Sept., pp. 85-87
1990 - "Ceramics - the Mutual Influence of China and Iran", Encyclopedia Iranica, V/5, 1991, pp. 455-457
1991 - "The Islamic Collections", The Victoria and Albert Museum, Scala Books, London, pp. 151-159
1994 - "Documentary Mina'i and Abu Zaid's Bowls", The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, Proceedings of a symposium held in Edinburgh in 1982, (ed. R. Hillenbrand) IAA 4, Mazda Publishers, California, pp. 170-181
1995 - "The Search For Pattern: Carving in Mediaeval Iranian Ceramics", in Arlene Fullerton and Geza Fehervari (eds), Kuwait Arts and Architecture: A Collection of Essays, Kuwait, pp. 44-9
1996 - "Blue and White: Islam, China, Europe." Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Newsletter 5: 8-13.
1999 - "VIII. Report on the Glazed Ceramics", in Miglus, Peter A., Raqqa I: Die Frühislamische Keramik von Tall Aswad, Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, Mainz, p. 81-7, taf. 94-9.
1999 - "Museums, Collecting, Art-History, Archaeology", Damaszener Mitteilungen 11, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, 1999, p. 421-32, taf. 54-6.
1999 - "Fritware: Fatimid Egypt or Saljuq Iran?", in Barrucand, M. (ed.), L'Egypte Fatimide; son art et son histoire, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, 1999, p. 299-310.
2004 - 'Fakes and Forgeries in Islamic Pottery, 2. Bamberger Symposium der Islamishcher Kunst, Juli 1996', Oriente Moderno, v. 2, p. 517-539.
2005 - 'The Doha Box', Journal of the David Collection, v. 2,1, p. 165-175.
2006 - 'Almost Hilariously Bad: Iranian Pottery in the Nineteenth Century', in Islamic Art in the 19th Century: Tradition, Innovation and Eclecticism, eds Behrens-Abouseif, D., and Vernoit, V., Brill: Leiden, Boston, p. 333-362.
2006 - 'Lustre Wasters: Attribution, Provenance and Art-historical Politics', in Baker, P. and Brend, B. (eds) Sifting Sands, Reading Signs; Studies in honour of Prefessor Géza Fehérvári, London, p. 231-249.
2006 - 'Pottery Under the Mongols', Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan, ed. Linda Komaroff, Brill, Leiden, Boston, p. 325-345.
2007 - "Rayy - from Wallis to Watson", in Treptow, Tanya, Daily Life Ornamented: The Medieval Persian City of Rayy, Oriental Institute of Chicago, 2007
2007 - 'Another Gilt Glass Bottle', in Hagedorn, A. and A. Shalem (eds), Facts and Artefacts - Art in the Islamic World; Festschrift for Jens Kröger on his 65th Birthday , Brill, Leiden, Boston, p. 105-120.
2010 - "The Case of the Ottoman Table", Journal of the David Collection, v. 3, pp 22-53

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