Berlin of the Royal House

Unknown author18th century, 3rd quarter

National Coach Museum

National Coach Museum
Lisbon, Portugal

Ceremonial vehicle built for the Royal House. The lacquer decoration seen on the side panels is likely to have been carried out by the famous "Martin Brothers," deemed to be the best varnishers of their time, in Paris.

The lower side panels decorated in grisaille, depict the four seasons of the year represented by statues. On the right panel, Spring with garlands of flowers, and Winter, with cornucopias taking the form of an adult woman. On the left side, Summer, with wheat stalks and sickle, and Autumn, in the form of a Satyr raising a glass of wine. The interior is upholstered in blue velvet.

The body is entered using a hanging step.


  • Title: Berlin of the Royal House
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 18th century, 3rd quarter
  • Location: Lisbon. Portugal. National Coach Museum
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 290 cm x 214 cm x 575 cm
  • Provenance: Portugal /Lisbon; Royal House Fund / Ancient Museum Fund; Casa Real Portuguesa / Fundo Antigo do Museu
  • Rights: DGPC-MC - Henrique Ruas
  • Medium: Wood, leather, glass, iron, velvet, silk taffeta, oakum, galloon and gold band

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