King José I and Queen Maria Bedchambers
These directly communicating rooms present two different modalities of ornamentation that were common in the intimate spaces of Portuguese noble houses during the second half of the 18th century, corresponding to the reigns of King José I (1750-1777) and Queen Maria (1777-1816). In the first, we see a combination of tile panelling and red damask coverings, the furniture made almost entirely of pau-santo, richly carved in the Rococo style, including a chaise longue, designed for the daytime resting typical of a sunny country and a period when men from the privileged classes could allow themselves lazy siestas. The ambience is distinctly pious, with a notable series of devotional paintings from the 16th century, including a Virgin of the Milk attributed to Gregório Lopes and a Nanban hanging oratory in black lacquered wood, in the centre of which is a Christian-themed painting in which eastern touches can be detected. With a lighter decorative feel, the Queen Maria I bedchamber is marked by ornamental painting and textiles in subtle tones. The dense carved work typical of the previous monarch’s reign gives way to smooth surfaces decorated with inlays of different woods in the neoclassical style, particularly noticeable in the headboard of the canopy bed, the dressing table and chest of drawers.