A Royal Pottery Mirror Frame

Royal Pottery Factory of Rato18th century, third quarter -

National Palace of Queluz

National Palace of Queluz
Queluz, Portugal

A moulded and shaped frame, made of white glazed faience, consisting of five parts fastened together with screws and supported on a wooden board with the same format.
This mirror frame is highly shaped, with a French-influenced rocaille decoration, consisting of boys, scrolls, shells, plant motifs and garlands of flowers. The whole frame is crowned by the Portuguese Royal Coat of Arms surmounted by a closed crown.

The Royal Pottery Factory in Rato in Lisbon, founded in 1767 at the initiative of the Marquis of Pombal, was one of the factories of the core industries and applied arts that arose in Lisbon in the neighbourhood of Rato. During the first phase of its operation from 1767 to 1771, the factory was run by the Italian Tomás Brunetto, who was succeeded by the Portuguese master potter Sebastião Inácio de Almeida until 1779, when the factory fell into almost complete disuse.


  • Title: A Royal Pottery Mirror Frame
  • Creator: Royal Pottery Factory of Rato
  • Date: 18th century, third quarter -
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Rights Information: National Palace of Queluz
  • Physical Dimensions: w54.5 x h68.7 x d10 cm
  • Photo: José Pessoa, 2000.
  • Original Title (portuguese): Moldura de espelho
  • Material(s) / Technique(s): White glazed faience moulded in relief
  • Image Rights: © Direção-Geral do Património Cultural / Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica
  • Type: Ceramics

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