18 October 2017
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Gold and Silverware

Poncheira PNA inv 4414The gold and silverware collection includes a wide variety of typologies and provenances dating from the 14th to the early 20th century. It consists of three cores: Crown silver, religious jewelry and decorative and utilitarian silverware. The Crown silver nucleus gathers pieces dating from the 17th to the 20th century. Particularly relevant in this core is the main Crown tableware, the so-called “Germain Tableware”, commissioned by King José I to François Thomas Germain in the second half of the 18th century, as well as the pomp silver of the Portuguese Royal House, consisting mainly of salvers and pitchers of great artistic value and very rich iconography, testifying in a unique way thePortuguese artistic production of the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries. The religious jewelry gathers objects originating mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. It contains utensils used for worship in the royal palaces chapels and a set of pieces that incorporated the Royal House assets after the extinction of the religious orders in 1834. The core of decorative and utilitarian silver consists of objects related to the daily life in the Ajuda Palace, many of which were purchased by Queen Maria Pia during the second half of the 19th century. Some of these objects are on display along the museological path, according to historical criteria of reconstituting the 19th century environment. It highlights the production of national, French, British, Austrian and Italian workshops and it stands out as being quantitatively the most representative core of this collection.

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