National Coach Museum

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Coach of Pope Clemente XI

Ceremonial vehicle, given by the Pope to King João V, in 1715, with the “blessed ribbons” intended for the baptism to the first born prince, Prince José.

Coach of Pope Clemente XI
1
Its body is open in the “Roman” style, and is octagonal in shape.
2
The doors are cut to half-length by hanging velvet.
3
The lower corner panels carry images of feminine figures representing the four continents, Africa and America in the front, and Asia and Europe in the back.
4
The coachman’s footrest is shaped like a seashell and is flanked by two seahorses.
5
The sides of the body display representations of mythological scenes, painted blue on a gold background.
6
The rear wheel set displays four Caryatids evoking the seasons of the year, surrounding the image of a boy holding the flaming heart which symbolizes Affection.
7
The interior is upholstered in red velvet and the hanging curtains display the arms of King Pedro V, who used this coach in his wedding procession in 1858.
8
The suspension springs are protected by bronze plaques decorated with a small image of a boy holding the Portuguese Coat of Arms.

Some Facts

  • Century
  • 18th (beginning)
  • Vehicle
  • ceremonial
  • Work
  • Italian (Rome)
  • Inv
  • V 0008
  • Dimensions
  • 658 x 228 x 287 cm

1 – Its body is open in the “Roman” style, and is octagonal in shape.

2 – The doors are cut to half-length by hanging velvet.

3 – The lower corner panels carry images of feminine figures representing the four continents, Africa and America in the front, and Asia and Europe in the back.

4 – The coachman’s footrest is shaped like a seashell and is flanked by two seahorses.

5 – The sides of the body display representations of mythological scenes, painted blue on a gold background.

6 – The rear wheel set displays four Caryatids evoking the seasons of the year, surrounding the image of a boy holding the flaming heart which symbolizes Affection.

7 – The interior is upholstered in red velvet and the hanging curtains display the arms of King Pedro V, who used this coach in his wedding procession in 1858.

8 – The suspension springs are protected by bronze plaques decorated with a small image of a boy holding the Portuguese Coat of Arms.

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