A graduate from Oxford University, Professor Watt has much curatorial experience and extensive knowledge of Chinese and Asian art. He has organised a number of celebrated exhibitions and published a large number of works concerning Chinese art. Professor Watt is currently the J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture at the Institute of Chinese Studies.
During the luncheon talk, Professor Watt illustrated the origin and the decorative features of blue and white porcelain from the Yuan dynasty, referring to pictures of specific works of art. Using the origin of blue and white porcelain as an example, he explained how the formation of the art of the Yuan dynasty occurred towards the end of Yuan rule, and how it resulted from the reunification of China into a single country.