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3100

Antique Portuguese Silk Velvet with Gold Embroidery Table Runner made in China for Tavora family
1600 -1700 A.D

Size 33" x 21"
Size 84 x 54cm

We have three pieces

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This piece is a fine example of decorative Chinese textiles ordered by the Portuguese in the 17th Century. It is also a testimony of an important historical incident in Portugal known as referring to a political scandal in the middle 18th century.
History of the Object
Table cloth belonging to a set of two, with traces of a coat of arms ordered for the Távora family from China. Known as “the Távora table cloths” having been the property of the Távora family, they were confiscated by the Portuguese Royal House when the Marquis of Távora was accused of attempting to kill the King José I of Portugal. In the centre of the velvet cloth are the marks left from the coat of arms of the Távoras, destroyed when the cloths were confiscated by the Royal Family.

Below Similar piece at Ajuda National Palace

An Important 17th Century Portuguese Velvet Embroidery, Provenance:Tavora Family
 

 

   
       
   
 

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