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20 November 2019
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Collections

Tiles
Ceramics
Documents
Tools


Esfera armilarArmillary Sphere
Seville, workshop of Pedro de Herrera or Fernán Martínez Guijarro, c. 1508-1509
Cuerda seca with polychrome enamel
14 x 14 cm
Provenance: The Town palace, Sintra
MNAz invº 19

TILES
This is the largest part of the collection, currently numbering 7,271 inventoried pieces that form the natural core of the Museum.
The collection initially came from the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, where some pieces were exhibited in the ceramics section.
In the early 1960s, this collection was moved to the Convent of Madre de Deus under the supervision of João Miguel dos Santos Simões and works from other museums and state institutions were added.
Since then, the collection has continued to expand through acquisitions and donations from individuals and institutions alike.


Fuga para o Efipto - Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes

The Flight into Egypt

Lisbon, Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes
1730
Blue-and-white faience
57 x 99 cm
Provenance: unknown
MNAz invº 1690 

PORTUGUESE TILES
The collection of tiles acts as a record of the large-scale production of such pieces in Portugal between the 15th century and today.
It includes several works of reference, the most notable of which are the panel of Our Lady of Life (c. 1580), the altar frontals with Oriental decorative influence (3rd quarter of the 17th century), the entire wall-covering in the Hunting Room (Sala da Caça, c. 1680), the panels from the Cycle of the Masters, such as the Mythological Scene by Gabriel Del Barco (c. 1695), the monumental View of Lisbon (c. 1700), the Flight into Egypt by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes (c. 1730) to the Victories of Alexander series (c. 1745), the Life of Christ series (c. 1760), the Four seasons panel (c. 1770) and the Story of Hat-maker António Joaquim Carneiro (c. 1800).
The work produced in the 19th century includes a significant group of semi-industrial and industrial tiles from the Roseira, Viuva Lamego, St' Ana, Constância and Sacavém factories, all from the Lisbon area, and from the Massarelos factory in Oporto, the Devesas factory in Gaia and the Caldas da Rainha factory.
The 20th century is represented by works produced by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, Raul Lino, Jorge Barradas, Maria Keil, Querubim Lapa, Manuel Cargaleiro, Cecília de Sousa and Eduardo Nery, amongst others. The major commissions for wall-coverings in the Lisbon Underground and the work of such contemporary artists as Luís Camacho, Bela Silva, Fernanda Fragateiro and Ilda David are of particular note.
The industrially produced tiles include work from the Sacavém, Viuva Lamego and Lusitânia factories from Lisbon, the Aleluia factory in Aveiro and Lufapo, from Coimbra. 

Os Reis Magos - Jorge BarradasThe Magi
Jorge Barradas (1894-1971)
1945
Lisbon, Viúva Lamego Factory
Polychrome faience
131.8 x 132 cm
Provenance: unknown
Acquired in 1999
MNAz invº 6996


A lição de dança - Willem van der Kloet
Lady at her Dressing Table

Lisbon, second quarter of the 18th century
Attributed to P.M.P.
Blue and white faience
1720 x 1730
Provenance: The Portas de Ferro estate, Camarate, Lisbon
MNAz invº 6341 

INTERNATIONAL TILES 
The most significant section here is the important nucleus of Hispano-Moresque tiles from the late 15th and early 16th centuries, exemplified by the cuerda seca tiles bearing the arms of King Manuel (r. 1495-1521). Also of note are the group of single-figure Dutch tiles, the panel The Dancing Lesson by Willem Van der Kloet (1707), and the Art Nouveau tiles made in France, Belgium, Germany and England in the early 20th century.
The examples of contemporary work include pieces by Arnold Zimmerman and Philipe Barde.



Jorge Mealha - esculturaSculpture
Jorge Mealha (b. 1934)
c. 1994
Modelled stoneware
50 x 57 x 37 cm
Donated by the artist, 1995
MNAz invº C-123

CERAMICS
A colecção de Cerâmica centra-se em objectos tridimensionais de produção industrial e artística entre o último quartel do século XIX e a actualidade num total de 368 números de inventário.
Significativas são as peças industriais de uso comum e decorativas da Fábrica Aleluia, Aveiro, Fábrica de Louça de Sacavém e Fábrica Lusitânia, Lisboa, Fábrica SECLA, Caldas da Rainha e Lufapo, Coimbra.
As cerâmicas de autor estão representadas com peças de Wenceslau Cifka, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, Canto da Maia, Jorge Barradas, Hein Semke, Hansi Stäel, Armando Correia, Dimas de Macedo, Jorge Mealha, Paulo Óscar, Virgínia Fróis, Bela Silva e Ilda Bragança.



Projecto de Maria Keil para a Infante SantoMaria Keil (b. 1914)
Project for the panel The Sea, c. 1958
MNAz invº P-342

DOCUMENTS
The collection of DOCUMENTS (698 pieces) comprises prints and engravings that were often the iconographic basis for tile panels, and drawn studies and projects from the 19th and 20th centuries that were used for mass-production in factories or individual works by artists.
One of the engravings, which acted as the iconographic source for several tile panels showing the Battle of Alexander on the banks of the River Granicus, was the work of I. Audran after a painting by Charles Lebrun, and belonged to the collection of Louis XIV.
The most significant drawings include the works left by Jorge Colaço, the studies by Jorge Barradas, the large number of projects by Maria Keil, especially the series of projects for the Lisbon Underground stations (1958-1971) and models by Eduardo Nery.


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TOOLS

The collection of tools – totalling 47 items used to produce tiles and three-dimensional ceramics, devices to handle and prepare clays, glaze production, decoration and firing – is still being assembled.
Some of the tools from the former Lusitânia factory in Lisbon and a model of one of the kilns from the Sacavém factory are also included in this section.



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