National Coach Museum

The Collection


Crown Coach

Ceremonial vehicle belonging to the Embassy of King João V to the Court of Louis XIV in 1715. The Ambassador was the Count of Ribeira Grande.

Crown Coach
1
The body is closed with glass windows and green silk curtains.
2
Profusely decorated in woodwork, the four corner panels display images representing the Continents.
3
The main panels display shields, bearing the Royal Coat of Arms.
4
The hood is topped by a bronze crown surrounded by smaller crowns upheld by winged dragons.
5
The rear displays a medallion crowned with the King’s initials.
6
The interior is very luxurious, upholstered in green and gold brocade, and the floor is covered in tortoiseshell and bronze cut, in the technique of André-Charles Boulle.
7
The suspension springs have gilt bronze protectors engraved with figures of little boys destroying weapons in an allusion to Peace.
8
The harness buckles are in engraved bronze with alternating images of lion heads and winged dragons, symbolizing Royal Power and the House of Bragança.

Some Facts

  • Century
  • 18th (beginning)
  • Vehicle
  • ceremonial
  • Work
  • French
  • Inv
  • V 0007
  • Dimensions
  • 265 x 177 x 343 cm

1 – The body is closed with glass windows and green silk curtains.

2 – Profusely decorated in woodwork, the four corner panels display images representing the Continents.

3 – The main panels display shields, bearing the Royal Coat of Arms.

4 – The hood is topped by a bronze crown surrounded by smaller crowns upheld by winged dragons.

5 – The rear displays a medallion crowned with the King’s initials.

6 – The interior is very luxurious, upholstered in green and gold brocade, and the floor is covered in tortoiseshell and bronze cut, in the technique of André-Charles Boulle.

7 – The suspension springs have gilt bronze protectors engraved with figures of little boys destroying weapons in an allusion to Peace.

8 – The harness buckles are in engraved bronze with alternating images of lion heads and winged dragons, symbolizing Royal Power and the House of Bragança.

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