Porcelana da Companhia das Índias (“Porcelain from the Companies of the Indies”) was a generic term for which all porcelain coming from the Far East came to be known. Manufactured primarily in China since ancient times, hundreds of examples of this fine tableware arrived in Brazil with the Portuguese Court and ended up earning a special place in Brazilian homes.
As Companhias das Índias e a Porcelana Chinesa de Encomenda, published in 1986, is the first book in the Portuguese language to provide an ample overview of this important chapter in the history of decorative arts and trade relations between the East and West.
With research and text by historian and art critic José Roberto Teixeira Leite, the book features 80 colored illustrations (photos) and 70 in black and white. Combining esthetic concepts with historical research, the book offers an ample notion of the significance of these famous pieces - even today disputed by collectors.