Since 1979 Mr SANTOS has earned a deserved reputation of being a leading dealer in Chinese porcelain of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in the international world of fine antiques first as gallery owner in London and now as a private dealer at international shows in the United States and Europe.
Combining his passion for travelling and Chinese porcelain, Mr SANTOS searches continuously the world for porcelain of the Ming dynasty and from the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns of the Qing dynasty in order to find the best and rarest objects for his discerning private collectors, museums, interior designers and fellow art dealers in Europe, Americas and Asia.
Selling Chinese porcelain, whether an inexpensive item for a few hundred dollars or a unique one for much more, Mr. SANTOS strives always to offer high quality and rare pieces at a fair price, attractive to both new and seasoned collectors.
His stock covers the full range of Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Qing dynasties, specifically porcelain decorated in:
a) under-glaze cobalt blue (blue and white);
b) translucent enamels of the Famille Verte palette (woucai) ;
c) Imari palette (under-glaze cobalt blue and over-glaze iron red and gilt);
d) opaque enamels of the Famille Rose (falancai) palette, being with the traditional Chinese decoration or with European subjects and armorials;
e) Chinese Imperial porcelain.
Mr Santos is author of a book with the title "Yongzheng, A Private Collection". Since 2005 Mr. Santos have been working with an international team in the definitive work of Chinese porcelain ordered by the Portuguese market since the early days of 1520’s until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. So far four of the five volumes have been published with the title "PORTUGAL IN PORCELAIN FROM CHINA: 500 years of trade" by A. Varela Santos. For further information on this work please visit: www.art-books-ltd.com
Chinese porcelain plate, Yongzheng reign, Qing dynasty
Very rare and fine Chinese porcelain shallow dish with low rounded sides rising to the brown-dressed rim, the interior delicately painted (Master of the Rocks ?) in under glaze cobalt blue (Qinghua) with pavilions set amidst a mountainous waterscape, beneath four panels of landscapes reserved on a diaper ground interspersed with small florets, the reverse painted with lingzhi and floral sprays encircling the countersunk base with the Yongzheng six-character mark in two lines in under glaze cobalt blue (Qinghua) within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735), Qing dynasty, Ã¸ 17.1 cm, 6 Â¾ in