The Meninos de Palhavã Coach

Silvestre de Faria, José da Costa Negreiros & others18th century, 3rd quarter

National Coach Museum

National Coach Museum
Lisbon, Portugal

Ceremonial vehicle built, as per tradition, for the three illegitimate children of King João V - the Princes António, Gaspar and José - known as meninos (children) de Palhavã because they lived in the Palace of Palhavã.

The decoration is attributed to the woodworker Silvestre de Faria and the painter José da Costa Negreiros.

Is called a coupé coach because its body is cut off at the front, and the interior only has one seat for two people.

Its body is closed and has glass windows with red silk curtains.

The hood is of black leather, with tacks work decoration.

The panels and doors display paintings of spirits and cherubs, holding garlands and festoons next to the shied with the Portuguese Royal Coat of Arms.

The interior is upholstered in red velvet and a damask coverd seat.


  • Title: The Meninos de Palhavã Coach
  • Creator: Silvestre de Faria, José da Costa Negreiros & others
  • Date Created: 18th century, 3rd quarter
  • Location: Lisbon. Portugal. National Coach Museum
  • Location Created: Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 265 cm x 189 cm x 560 cm Wheels: 84.5/179 cm (diameter); 7/6.5 cm (thickness); Rodas: 84.5/179 cm (diâmetro); 7/6.5 cm (espessura)
  • Provenance: Portugal /Lisbon; Royal House Fund / Ancient Museum Fund; Casa Real Portuguesa / Fundo Antigo do Museu
  • Rights: DGPC/MNC - Pedro Beltrão
  • Medium: Wood, leather, glass, bronze, silk velvet, damascus, silk taffeta, blade and gold fringe

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