The Portuguese were the first Europeans to bring back to the Old World the rate and fragile porcelains of China, at the beginning of the 16th century. They created a demand for this precious material and trade intensified, leading to the growth of private collections that would define the power and taste of monarchs, prelates and aristocrats. Anastácio Gonçalves was a true scion of this long tradition of patronage, devoting his life to Chinese Porcelain. His collection includes many extremely rare items and is well known internationally, to both specialists and art lovers.
Published by Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, London /Instituto Português de Museus, Lisbon, Portugal, 1996
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