Bemposta Monstrance

  • Bemposta Monstrance

    Bemposta Monstrance

    Mateus Vicente de Oliveira (attrib.) and Adam Gottlieb Pollet - Inv. 1 Our

One of the richest pieces of Portuguese baroque gold and silverware, the monstrance originating from the Paço Real da Bemposta was most likely designed by the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira, with Adam Pollet being responsible for the sophisticated jewellery work.

Mateus Vicente, who was also involved in other projects in the area of gold and silverware linked to the increasing responsibilities of the Casa do Infantado (the house of the second son of the reigning monarch) and the building of the Palace of Queluz for the Infante Dom Pedro, took as its model the magnificent Monstrance of the Patriarchal Church, which is today housed in the treasury of Lisbon Cathedral, in this case displaying a more architectural composition.