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18th Century Litter - National Coach Museum - Lisbon, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 38° 41.849 W 009° 11.982
29S E 482634 N 4283225
Quick Description: This postage stamp depicts one of the historic litters in the National Coach Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 11/26/2011 1:45:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMD6EC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
Views: 8

Long Description:
ABOUT THE LITTER:

18th Century.
Italian.
Inv. nº 66
Dim. body 379 x 160 x 165 cm

Two-place transport, without wheels, pulled by two mules or horses.

The animals were harnessed on their flanks to the fixed poles. It belonged to the Melos, Alvins, Velhos and Carrilhos family.

It has an Italian-style, open body and is painted in green, with two face-to-face seats.

The panels portray allegorical scenes with the figures of Neptune, Bellona, Ceres, Apollo and Mercury and have borders with volutes and shells. On the rear there is the coat of arms that identifies the owner.

The interior is lined in red damask with generous floral decoration.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL COACH MUSEUM:

"The National Coach Museum (Portuguese: Museu Nacional dos Coches) is located in the Belém district of Lisbon, in Portugal. The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world, being one of the most visited museums of the city.

The museum is housed in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, formerly a Royal Palace which is now the official residence of the President of Portugal. The Horse Riding Area was built after 1787 following the Neoclassical design of Italian architect Giacomo Azzolini. Several Portuguese artists decorated the interior of the building with paintings and tile (azulejo) panels. The inner arena is 50 m long and 17 m wide, and was used for training horses and for horse riding exhibitions and games, which could be watched from its balconies by the Portuguese royal family.

The museum was created in 1905 by Queen Amélia to house an extensive collection of carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family and nobility. The collection gives a full picture of the development of carriages from the late 16th through the 19th centuries, with carriages made in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria and England.

Among its rarest items is a late 16th/early 17th-century traveling coach used by King Philip II of Portugal to come from Spain to Portugal in 1619. There are also several pompous Baroque 18th century carriages decorated with paintings and exuberant gilt woodwork, the most impressive of these being a ceremonial coach given by Pope Clement XI to King John V in 1715, and the two coaches of the Portuguese embassador to Pope Clement XI, built in Rome in 1716.

A section of the museum is located in the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, in Southern Portugal."

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Stamp Issuing Country: Portugal

Date of Issue: May 23, 2005

Denomination: 0.57 Euro

Color: Orange, black, pink, red, white, blue.

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

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