of Blue and White porcelain from China, owned by J.G. do Amaral Cabral
(on long-term loan), is considered the most significant private
collection of Chinese porcelain on the Iberian Peninsula.
Being the most recent permanent exhibition open to the public, it showcases around 100 pieces of Chinese porcelain from the 16th and 17th centuries.
all of the items in the collection are pieces of white glazed porcelain
painted in cobalt blue, a type of porcelain that was in high demand at
the Portuguese market from the first contacts with this artistic craft.
This private collection, which has been acquired in Portugal over the
last few decades and which has been kindly deposited to be shown in our
grounds, if proof of this fact.
Through the evolution of
forms, the reading of the rich symbology embodied in traditional
animals, plants and objects, it is possible to follow the political and
socio-religious developments of the Great Eastern Empire.