Arthur Watson Ceramic Collection

06/02/14 Category: Blog Posted by:

The Museum wishes to thank Arthur Watson for his recent generous donation of eighteen rare fine china plates marking the careers of the world’s leading batsmen. Arthur is a long-standing NSW cricket umpire and has donated collection pieces to the Museum in the past.

Seventeen of the plates are not represented in the existing collection so we are very excited to be able to incorporate them.

Each of the players featured on the plates have scored one-hundred first-class centuries or more. Players represented span virtually international cricket’s entire history and include Englishmen W.G. Grace, Frank Woolley, Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond, Denis Compton, and Graeme Hick.  Don Bradman and Viv Richards are also represented.

The plates, were produced in limited numbers by the Coalport, Royal Grafton and Royal Worcester potteries and are exquisitely executed with a portrait of the player dominating the centre. Not only are the plates attractive items in their own right but are also historical documents with each innings recorded in careful detail.

NSW Cricket Umpire Arthur Watson’s passion for cricket is life-long. The veteran umpire has stood for the Sydney Cricket Association in a record 700-plus matches over 44 seasons. As well as officiating in grade games he has umpired three international ODI’s in 1979-80 as well as ten first-class fixtures and numerous minor representative matches. He is a life member of the NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, the Sydney Cricket Association, Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Umpires Association and Guildford Leagues Cricket Club.

Arthur carefully assembled this collection of commemorative plates over a number of years. The plates depict each of the 100 first-class centuries scored by England, Australian and West Indian cricketers. Those displayed are made by English Fine Bone China manufacturers; Coalport (Wedgwood), Royal Grafton and Royal Worcester.

The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame is proud to display the generous donation made by Arthur Watson.

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