Porcelanas e Vidros (porcelain and glass) is one of a series of books, each one about a certain nuclei or art collection from the Museu-Escola de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas in Lisbon.
It is divided into three distinct sections, each with an article and the respective catalogue entries. The first section is dedicated to the production of Chinese porcelain and the European presence in China, and shows a fine selection of Chinese porcelain pieces dating from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) to the 19th century. The second section focuses on porcelain produced by the Vista Alegre Factory in Portugal, the first porcelain factory in the Iberian Peninsula, showing a number of excellent examples of this production. The third section highlights aspects of the Meissen porcelain production. Terminating with a comprehensive bibliography, the book also includes a study on Portuguese heraldry and a glossary of Chinese symbols, both of which assist the reader in acquiring a more wide-ranging knowledge on the subject. With significant contributions by Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, Jorge Brito e Abreu, João Alarcão de Carvalho Branco, as well as the renowned restorer and conserver and also author of the book, Mary Espírito Santo Salgado Lobo Antunes, this book illustrates more than 70 magnificent pieces, providing the reader with a general context of porcelain production in three different regions.
Published by Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Portugal, 1999
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