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Cadaval Room

This room is named after the pair of saddle cloths showing the coat of arms of the dukes of Cadaval, hanging side by side on one of the walls. Richly decorated with applied silverwork, these pieces were used during court festivities, such as processions or bullfights, to cover the horse’s back when being led by hand, without a saddle. The coat of arms of another illustrious Portuguese family can be seen in the centre of an Indo-Portuguese door curtain that, as the name indicates, would have been used to hide the door in a palace room, enhancing the ambience and offering protection from the cold.

Another wall displays the 16th-century triptych depicting Saint Bartholomew, Lamentation over the Dead Christ, and Saint Francis, a work that can be attributed to Gregório Lopes or Garcia Fernandes, sensitively restored by Abel de Moura in the late 1940s. Among the Portuguese silverwork is a set comprising a jug and bowl for shaving, made in Guimarães at the end of the 18th century, showing how the decorative grammar characteristic of the Rococo was adopted and interpreted by silversmiths from the north to the south of Portugal. The highlight among the mostly 18th-century furniture is a pair of console tables, pieces that were usually placed against a wall, but when made in pairs they could also be pushed together in order to form a centre table. This is the case with this pair, which have strongly curved legs that were only possible thanks to the quality of the pau-santo wood that was arriving from Brazil at the time.

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Cadaval Room
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