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Dear Friends,
We are pleased to present to you the catalogue of our auction 186: a special auction to be held in two sessions covering an extended set of art pieces of particular quality, rarity and antiquity.
A remarkable Portuguese (early) 16th C. gilded silver salver, marked, ilustrates the cover (lot 700).

As mentioned in the text dedicated to it, that we invite you to read, centered in turn of an elevated medallion “Saint George on horseback killing the dragon” and a profuse decoration with “Classical amphorae”, “Dragons and other fantastic beasts” and “Foliage”, within a fence of “Ropes and sticks” this elegant salver, with his original low foot, is a beautiful example of the introduction of the language of the Renaissance into the Portuguese civil goldsmithery and jewellery, in the early 16th C.

Several pieces illustrate in a particularly eloquent way the originality, aesthetics and cultural richness of the art pieces which were commissioned since the time of the Portuguese Discoveries from Africa to the Far- East – a crossover between Portuguese art and culture and the art and culture, beliefs, traditions, styles and craftsmanship of India, Ceylon, China or Japan, to name just a few countries with which we closely related to since the 16th century.
That is the case of the 17th C. Mughal influence two door Cabinet (Lot 541), as well as the 18th C. Indo-Portuguese ivory sculptures representing “The Crucified Christ” (lot 525) and “Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception upon a stand with Angels playing coiled olifants” (lote 523).
Other highlights:
Anel em platina com um notável diamante em talhe de brilhante com o peso aproximado de 5,45 ct. (11,3 x 6,6mm), grau de cor F~G e qualidade segundo certificado VS, acompanhado de certificado emitido por HRD Antwerp, nº J1604677001 (lote 680).
Relógio de mesa musical assinado French, Royal Exchange, Londres, do início do séc. XIX, podendo tocar na hora uma das seguintes sete músicas: “Dashing White Sarj[en]t”, “Tancreda” (obra de Rossini, 1813), “Tyrolese Waltz”, “Portuguese Hy[m]n” (“Adeste Fidelis”, atribuído a D. João IV), “Lancers”, “Spanish Dance” e “Calder Hering” (lote 550).
Particular reference is also due to the relevant set of Portuguese and Foreignfurniture; Chinese and European porcelain; ancient books (lots 758 to 813); and a collection of Haute Decoration items (lots 228 to 326).
Hoping to have the pleasure of welcoming you soon, with best wishes

Pedro Maria de Alvim                                    Miguel Cabral de Moncada