Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva

Banker and art collector Ricardo do Espírito Santo bought the Palácio Azurara, restored it as an 18th century aristocratic home and decorated it with items from his private collection. In 1953, he created a Foundation at the Portuguese School of Decorative Arts and the Arts and Crafts Institute. Rare goldsmith works, furniture and carpets are on display and the shop sells reproductions created in the workshops. Guided tours of the art studios – drawing, gilding, carpet weaving and inlaid work – are by appointment only.