The baldachin woven with gold and silver for the throne of João V, king of Portugal

Between 1727 and 1730, a remarkable work of art was woven in Brussels tapestry workshops’ for the king of Portugal João V (1689-1750): a sumptuous throne baldachin in wool, silk, gold and silver. It still stands as a reference for the Flemish 18th C production. In addition to its artistic value, the baldachin offered an entire iconographic program of royal propaganda, which allegorical message was transmitted by the figurative details, vibrant colors and the shining precious metals.

After João V passed away, in 1750, the throne and baldachin were again set for the ceremonial of the Acclamation of king José I. On that which became one of the most important historical sources of the time the chronicler offers a detailed portrait of the baldachin. There he reveals the relevance of the luxurious work among the textile decorations mounted on the so-called “Acclamation balcony”, the ephemeral construction built in the Ribeira Palace for this ceremony.

Autora / Author:
Manuela Santana
2020, 14 pp.

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