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Dish
PNA INV 49143
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This dish's history makes it important and special among the Ajuda Palace collections. The dish has a moulded and lobbed rim, with shell motifs and the King John the Fifth of Portugal coat of arms in red and gold overglaze. The center is decorated with floral motifs (peonies and chrysanthemums) in gold.

History of the Object
Dishes such as this one (1 of 2) are part of the Mafra Palace collection. They are considered to be part of a service commissioned by King John the Fifth of Portugal (1689-1750). It would have been used for the receptions of the so-called ‘Princesses exchange’ (Troca das Princesas) in 1729, on the occasion of the double marriage of Maria Bárbara, Princess of Portugal with Ferdinand VI of Spain, and Princess Mariana Victoria of Spain to Joseph Prince of Portugal (the later King Joseph I). Intended for table purposes and not for decoration, these dishes were often used. This is unfortunately latent on the vanishing decoration of the Ajuda items. At the time, round large dishes were usually used for serving rice.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
diameter: 37 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; First half of the 18th Century 
Function
Dish, usually for serving rice. 
Acquisition
Part of the Portuguese Royal House Collections. The Royal Family lived in the Palace until 1910 when the monarchy fell. The Palace was turned into a museum in 1968. 
Copyright
The images shall not be published or reproduced without written permission of the Institute of Museums and Conservation/Ajuda National Palace 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Ajuda National Palace 
Museum
Ajuda National Palace 
Credit line
Institute of Museums and Conservation/Ajuda National Palace 

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