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Coach of Queen Maria Francisca of Savoy

Ceremonial vehicle designated as Carrosse Moderne which was brought to Portugal by Queen Maria Francisca of Savoy-Nemours, (cousin to King Louis XIV of France) who married King Afonso VI in 1666 and two years later, King Pedro II.

Coach of Queen Maria Francisca of Savoy
1
The body is closed with eight windows and the side panels are panted in a floral motif.
2
The rear and front panels contain allegorical depictions of War, Knowledge, Fame, Justice and Clemency surrounding a shield with the double Coat of Arms of Portugal and Savoy- Nemours.
3
On the medallions of the doors, with images of women on either side, are the initials of the Queen.
4
The interior is upholstered in velvet, and the ceiling is embellished with braiding, fringe and gilt tack work.
5
This model features a new suspension model. The manoeuvring system has what is known as the fifth wheel (a circular axel underneath the coachman’s seat) which allows the front wheels to pass through a part which is in the shape of an arch, called swan’s neck, making left and right rotation easier.

Some Facts

  • Century
  • 17th
  • Vehicle
  • ceremonial
  • Work
  • French
  • Inv
  • V 0002
  • Dimensions
  • 588 x 197 x 250 cm

1 – The body is closed with eight windows and the side panels are panted in a floral motif.

2 – The rear and front panels contain allegorical depictions of War, Knowledge, Fame, Justice and Clemency surrounding a shield with the double Coat of Arms of Portugal and Savoy- Nemours.

3 – On the medallions of the doors, with images of women on either side, are the initials of the Queen.

4 -The interior is upholstered in velvet, and the ceiling is embellished with braiding, fringe and gilt tack work.

5 – This model features a new suspension model. The manoeuvring system has what is known as the fifth wheel (a circular axel underneath the coachman’s seat) which allows the front wheels to pass through a part which is in the shape of an arch, called swan’s neck, making left and right rotation easier.

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