About the artwork
3 volumes, (26,5 x 36,2 cm),
together 1204 pages,
English text, 927 colour ills., 20 b/w plates,
limited edition (500 copies only),
3 volumes hardcover in slipcase.
The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics: A Collector's Vision is the most important new reference book on Chinese export porcelain to be published for many years.
It provides the first comprehensive study of what is probably the world's best private collection of pieces for the European market and contains new research into the subject of Chinese export porcelain. The author Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos has been researching the RA Collection for 11 years and the result is a work of true scholarship providing the most up to date and complete account of the subject available. The three-volume set of hardcover books includes chapters on earthenware, stoneware and porcelain of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, works with Western shapes and decoration and armorial Chinese export porcelain. It gives details of many rare or unique pieces in the RA Collection, which are the only ones of their type yet recorded.
Published in a limited edition of 900 numbered copies - 500 in English and 400 in Portuguese - signed by the author, this work is a must for museum curators, collectors and scholars.
About the Artist
Maria Antonia Pinto de Matos (20th century) is one of the world’s most respected experts on Chinese export porcelain from the 16th to the 19th centuries and has a particular interest in early pieces destined for the Portuguese market.
She is currently the Director of the National Tile Museum in Lisbon, she was previously Director of the Dr Anastácio Gonçalves Museum, also in Lisbon, and of the Portuguese Institute of National Museums. As well as curating exhibitions both in Portugal and abroad, she has written a number of books on Chinese export porcelain. These have included Chinese Export Porcelain from the Museum of Anastácio Gonçalves, Azul e Branco da China, Chinese Porcelain in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Chinese Porcelain in the Carmona e Costa Foundation and The Porcelain Route, the latter two in collaboration with other authors, and articles such as Chinese Porcelain in Portuguese Written Sources, among others. She is extremely well qualified to write a seminal work of reference such as The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics: A Collector’s Vision.
Her specialism is Chinese and European porcelain