For the first time in its history, in the year of its 120th anniversary, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague had the opportunity to introduce masterpieces from its collections in Portugal. With an introductory essay by Professor José de Monterroso Teixeira and texts by Daniela Karasová and other UPM curators, the book was published to accompany an exhibition hosted by the Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts in Lisbon. It features unique objects made of glass, ceramics and porcelain, as well as furniture, jewellery, metals, textiles, clothing and graphic art dating from the Renaissance to the Art Nouveau periods, with a focus on Central Europe. The selection attests to the diversity and wealth of the Prague museum’s collections and documents how decorative art contributed to shaping Central Europe's cultural identity.

The publication was issued by the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisboa in the cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition in the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisboa, Autumn 2005.

text: Daniela Karasová et al.
editions: Portugese-English
translation (English): Derek Paton, Linda Paukertová, Vladimíra Šefranka, Anna Pilátová
photographs: Gabriel Urbánek, Ondřej Kocourek, Miloslav Šebek
graphic design: Luís Moreira
pages: 302
pictures: 240
binding: softback, 28 x 23.5 cm
ISBN: 80—7101-121—5 (UPM), 972—8253-43—5 (Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva)

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