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Gold and Silverware

Writing desk. Inv. 8 Div MNSR

The Museum collection of gold and silverware is represented by pieces of both religious and secular nature, dating between the 15th and 20th century. The majority of the silverware is of national craftsmanship, coming from the bishopric of Porto and the Palácio das Necessidades. There are a relatively smaller number of pieces of foreign manufacture from Italian, English, German and French goldsmiths.
The heritage from the Bishopric can be divided into two groups: church-plate, used for religious observance in the Cathedral, and pieces of more lay nature, used for service in the Episcopal Palace. The patrimony derived from the Palácio das Necessidades incorporates an important set of pieces belonging to the Real Treasure, in which secular silverware predominates.
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