Bemposta Monstrance

Mateus Vicente de Oliveira, Adam Gottlieb Pollet, and Mateus Vicente de Oliveira18th century

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art
Lisbon, Portugal

One of the richest pieces of Portuguese baroque gold and silverware, the monstrance originating from the Paço Real da Bemposta was designed by the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira, with Adam Pollet being responsible for the sophisticated jewellery work.
Mateus Vicente, who was also involved in other projects in the area of gold and silverware linked to the increasing responsibilities of the Casa do Infantado (the house of the second son of the reigning monarch) and the building of the Palace of Queluz for the Infante Dom Pedro, took as its model the magnificent Monstrance of the Patriarchal Church, which is today housed in the treasury of Lisbon Cathedral, in this case displaying a more architectural composition.

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  • Title: Bemposta Monstrance
  • Creator: Mateus Vicente de Oliveira, Adam Gottlieb Pollet, Mateus Vicente de Oliveira
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location Created: Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 97 cm x 33 cm
  • Type: Gold and silverware
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 1 Our
  • Medium: Silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, amethysts, chrysoberyls, topazes, pink topazes, colourless topazes