‏‏‎ ‏‏Coach of Pope Clemente XI

Unknown author

National Coach Museum

National Coach Museum
Lisbon, Portugal

Cerimonial vehicle given to King João V by the Pope in 1715, with the "blessed ribbons" intended for the baptism of the first-born Prince José.

First vehicle of Italian origin in the service of the Portuguese Royal House.

It has an open body in the so-called Roman. The four continents are represented on the eagles of the body and a large seashell pulled by two seahorses supports the coachm's seat.

Four caryatids on the rear representing the four seasons surround the figure of a boy holding a flaming heart, which symbolizes Affection. The set of wheels has the same decorative characteristics as the body decorated with carved woodwork. The suspension springs gave gilt bronze protectors with a small figure of a boy who is holding a shield with the coat of arms of Portugal.

A big shell pulled by sea horses sustained the coachman's footrest. The coat of arms of King Pedro V, who used his coach in his marriage procession in 1858, is embroidered in silver thread on the hanging curtains.


  • Title: ‏‏‎ ‏‏Coach of Pope Clemente XI
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 18th century, 1st half
  • Location: Lisbon. Portugal. National Coach Museum
  • Location Created: Rome, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 287 cm x 228 cm x 658 cm Wheels: 84/170 cm (diameter); 5.2 cm (thickness); Rodas: 84/170c cm (diâmetro); 5.2 cm (espessura)
  • Provenance: Portugal /Lisbon; Royal House Fund / Ancient Museum Fund; Casa Real Portuguesa / Fundo Antigo do Museu
  • Rights: DGPC/ADF - Luisa Oliveira, José Paulo Ruas, Thales Leite ; DGPC/MNC - Pedro Beltrão e Nuno Agusto
  • Medium: Wood, bronze, iron, silk velvet, silk taffeta, crystal / glass, linen

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