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A porcelain firmament. From China to Europe - Exhibition Catalogue

REF EK197412 EAN 9782711874125

 A porcelain firmament. From China to Europe - Exhibition Catalogue

A porcelain firmament. From China to Europe - Exhibition Catalogue

French language

The palace on the banks of the Tagus River takes its name from three saints martyred there; a temple was built in their memory, then after the reconquest of Lisbon in 1147, a church developed into a convent and then became the residence of a rich banker.
At the end of the 15th century the rich bourgeois residence was transformed into a royal residence. Out of fashion, the palace went through an obscure period. It was at this time that we find the first references of its occupation by the Lancastrian people.
The Lancastrians were great lovers of works of art. The inventory drawn up in 1704 after Luís' death gives an idea of the richness of their collections by describing innumerable Chinese porcelains (of which the ceiling of the Porcelain Room is the ultimate testimony), silks from China and gold brocades from India, silverware, tapestries, and paintings by many masters.
In 1870 the palace was rented to the French minister in Lisbon, who set up the legation there. In 1909 France bought the palace, which became the headquarters of the French Embassy in Portugal. In 1937, the building is extended to the west by the French Institute.
Exhibition at the Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet, from March 13 to June 10, 2019.

Number of illustrations: 49

Book format: Paperback without flap

17.1 x 24.2 x 0.6 cm
Paris - Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
Art movement
Asiatic art