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The RA Collection of Cross-Cultural Works of Art. A Collector’s Vision

(Volume VI)

November | 2022

Following in the tradition of the previous volumes of The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics. A Collector’s Vision, the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2016, Global by Design Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection, loans to other temporary exhibitions and conferences based on the collection, this volume is the result of Renato de Albuquerque’s quest to continue to share his collection and the research undertaken on it with the wider public.

The Book
The sixth volume of the RA Collection concludes a series of publications, the first five of which are dedicated to Chinese ceramics and enamelled copper, reflecting the extraordinary collection of works of art assembled by the collector Renato de Albuquerque. This final volume, The RA Collection of Cross-Cultural Works of Art: A Collector's Vision is dedicated to works of art other than porcelain and enamel on copper, which have resulted from the interaction between African, Asian and Western cultures.

It includes pieces from ancient Sierra Leone, the Kingdom of Kongo, Sri Lanka, India, China, the Philippines and Japan; these hybrids works of art are of historical significance and were produced during a period when a new common worldwide cultural heritage had emerged.

The 57 book entries illustrate and discuss some of the most iconic pieces of Renato Albuquerque's collection of cross-cultural works of art, written by six authors, each covering a particular field of expertise.

The Authors
Helder Carita is a PhD in History of Architecture, Universidade do Algarve, 2008, and presently Investigator Member of Instituto de História de Arte of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His main research interests are History of Civil Architecture, Indo-Portuguese Art and Architecture,

Alexandra Curvelo is a Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), researcher and board member of Instituto de História de Arte of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and member of the Associate Laboratory IN2PAST.

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos is a well-respected specialist of 16th a 19th century Chinese Export Porcelain, and is particularly interested in the first orders for the Portuguese market. She is presently the director of Museu da Presidência da República in Lisbon.

Bruno Alexandre Morais is a researcher at Jorge Welsh Research & Publishing, Lisbon. His research interest is mainly focused on the European presence in Africa and Asian and the artistic production resulting from these cultural relationships, with a special emphasis on ceramic and furniture. He holds a Master's Degree in Museology from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Fernando António Baptista Pereira is graduated in History, post-graduated in Museum Science and a PhD in History of Art (Universidade de Letras, Portugal). Professor at Faculdade de Letras and Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa, since 1979. Since March 2019, elected Dean of the Faculdade de Belas-Artes.

William R. Sargent is an independent curator; Senior Consultant in Chinese Art, Bonhams (NY); Museum Expert Adviser (Historical Pictures) Hong Kong Museum of Art; and former H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.

The RA Collection
Renato de Albuquerque started collecting at a young age, gradually building an eclectic group of works of art. In the 1980’s he started to focus on cross-cultural works of art from the 15th to the 18th century, including Chinese porcelain, having so far assembled over 2000 pieces, especially those made for export. Gradually his collection expanded to other fields, such as Chinese enamelled copper, as well as works of art from Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Japan.

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