"This year we commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of our Founder, Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, who created this foundation in 1953 with the aim of managing the private art collections he donated to the Portuguese nation, and to develop his legacy to Portuguese Decorative Arts and the crafts related to them. To pay tribute to our Founder, the Board of Directors decided to show to the public some of the most important items of Chinese porcelain commissioned by Europeans that once belonged to his private collection." excerpt from the foreword by Maria João Espírito Santo Bustorf Silva, 2000.
"Ricardo do Espírito Santo was one of the most distinguished Portuguese art collectors from the first half of the XX century. In celebration of the centennial of his birth, the Foundation which bears his name, has assembled in an evocative exhibition, porcelain pieces from the vast collection of his heirs, from private collections and finally from the Caramulo Museum, Abel de Lacerda Foundation. In some instances, we are unable to acquire the original pieces, having chosen identical objects, thus creating an exhibition mirroring his taste and style." excerpt from the introduction by Mary Salgado Lobo Antunes, 2000.
Published by Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Portugal, 2002
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