Interpretation Centre of Goldsmithery of the North of Portugal (CIONP)

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Type: 
Research and Development
Main researcher: 
Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
Abstract: 
Interpretation Centre of Goldsmithery of the North of Portugal (CIONP)
Process NORTE-03-0347-FEDER-000151 National Strategic Reference Framework -- Regional Operational Programme of the North (ON.2) -- Priority Axis III -- Valorisation and Environmental and Territorial Qualification (Cultural Heritage)

 
CIONP is a project in the investigation area of the "Decorative Arts" of the Line of Action "Study and Conservation of Heritage"

 
Scientific coordination:
Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
 

Goldsmithery is one of the arts but at the same time one of the economic sectors that is most closely rooted in the peoples of the North of Portugal. Possessing a millenary tradition, as continuously demonstrated by archaeological finds, this art has bequeathed to us a set of pieces, techniques, traditions, uses and customs, including some of an intangible nature, that must be safeguarded, particularly at a time when a number of realities linked to these areas is in grave danger of being lost.
 
The production centres extended throughout the region, Porto, Gondomar, Guimarães, Braga and Póvoa de Lanhoso being particularly important, but we know of goldsmiths in Bragança, Miranda, Lamego and other localities scattered throughout the territory. From here they left for Galicia, particularly in the 16th century, but also to Brazil, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout a good part of the 20th century Brazil was the destination for a large quantity of items in silver, as proven by the various studies that have been made about the art of silver in this period.
The presence of goldsmiths in every market, which is becoming increasingly rare today but was very common a few decades ago, projected the art and the business. Gold and silver were metals with a deep, intrinsic connection to the peoples of the north of Portugal.

 
From the Middle Ages to the present day the goldsmiths of the North were dedicated to renewing the major international currents, in the field of civil and religious silverware, materialised in many thousands of objects. Cathedrals, churches, brotherhoods, Santas Casas da Misericórdia, but also many private individuals commissioned objects for the service of God. In the field of secular production, many objects were made for the dining-table, personal hygiene, lighting, writing or for plain show.
 
The invocation of the grandeur of the past does not hide the importance goldsmithery continues to play in the day to day life of the peoples of the North of Portugal, renewing their forms and seducing new generations, in an effort that must be promoted and redimensioned.

 
Objectives: 
A) To collect and make an inventory of the collections of goldsmithing firms or goldsmiths' archives, enabling them to be listed in inventory and available on the Internet;

B) Provide online information on the activity of goldsmiths in the North of Portugal;

C) Make available to investigators, students and enthusiasts of goldsmithing matters a library for on-site consultation, giving online access to international publications on these themes;

D) Publish books on various aspects of Portuguese goldsmithery and as soon as possible publish Cadernos de Ourivesaria Portuguesa, a periodical publication;

E) Constitute a benchmark institution in consultancy in the field of goldsmithery from the historic, artistic and technical perspective;

F) Promote academic studies on production centres, goldsmiths, techniques and goldsmithery collections;

G) Establish relations with other goldsmithery production centres in Portugal;

H) Become a privileged interlocutor in Portugal for investigators and goldsmith museums;

I) Organise conferences, seminars, workshops and short courses relating to goldsmithery;

J) Collaborate in promoting Portuguese goldsmithery abroad, being available to help in the organisation of exhibitions, talks, workshops and other activities;

L) Establish scientific and technical relations with Brazilian institutions, and attempt to discover the destination of goldsmiths and pieces that migrated to various cities in Brazil and how they influenced this art in Brazil.

Activities: 
1 -- Creation, installation and dissemination of CIONP

2 -- Publication of the book: Uso do ouro nas Festas da Sra. da Agonia, em Viana do Castelo, by Rosa Maria dos Santos Mota
.
Production of a bilingual (Portuguese and English) DVD on this theme.

Book and DVD launches -- Viana do Castelo -- Museu do Traje

3 -- Publication of the book: Glossário do uso do ouro no Norte de Portugal, by Rosa Maria dos Santos Mota
.
Publication of an illustrated book on the same theme for educational purposes.
Book and DVD launches.

Dissemination sessions of the DVD in schools of the north of the country
.
4 -- Técnicas do trabalho da filigrana em Gondomar e Travassos
.
Reissue of the book As Filigranas, by Rocha Peixoto (1st edition: 1908).
Publication of a DVD on the same theme.
Book and DVD launches.

5 -- Publication of Catálogo da colecção de joalharia do Museu dos Biscaínhos. Text by Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
.
Catalogue launch -- Braga (Museu dos Biscaínhos)
.
6 -- Publication of Dicionário biográfico de ourives do ouro, cravadores e lapidários do Porto e de Gondomar (1700-1850),
by Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa.

Book launch - Porto

7 -- Publication of As jóias no Porto e na sua comarca no século XIX, através das certidões de avaliação efectuadas pelo
 contraste Vicente Manuel de Moura
.
Publication of a book in 2 vols.

Book launch -- Porto

8 -- Inventory and dissemination of the artistic and documentary collection of Casa de José Rosas & Cª

Available on paper and in electronic format.

Facsimile edition of Catálogos de Jóias do Porto (1 and 2)
.
Conference on Casa Rosas.

Book launch -- Porto -- Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda

9 -- Publication of Manual de boas práticas para a conservação de peças de ourivesaria nas instituições religiosas.

Book launch.

Awareness raising campaigns at institutions with collections of gold and silver religious artefacts, regarding maintenance and security issues of said collections (Palestras; Workshops)
.
10 -- Subsídios para o levantamento da bibliografia da Ourivesaria Portuguesa
.
11 -- Publication of Biografia histórico-artística do ourives e cinzelador António Maria Ribeiro, o maior ourives português da primeira metade do séc. XX, by Teresa Trancoso
.
Book launch -- Porto -- Escola Artística Soares dos Reis
.
12 -- Publication of Talheres de prata de Guimarães nos séculos XVIII e XIX, by Manuela de Alcântara Santos.

Book launch - Guimarães

13 -- Publication of O luxo no Porto no século XVI e inícios do século XVII.

Book launch -- Porto -- Arquivo Histórico Municipal do Porto

14 -- III Portuguese Goldsmiths Conference

Venue: Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda

Date: 17 and 18 November 2011

Publication of the proceedings of the conference
15 -- Cycle of conferences on "Gold and silver: metals in the lives of the peoples of the North of Portugal"

Venue: Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda

Date April-May 2011

Programme:

11 April, 18h30 -- How the craft of goldsmith functioned in Guimarães from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, Dra. Manuela Alcântara Santos
18 April, 18h30 -- The different uses of popular gold in the North of Portugal, Master Rosa Maria dos Santos Mota

2 May, 18h30 -- Silver in Porto and Braga in the 18th century, Prof. Doutor Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa

9 May, 18h30 - António Maria Ribeiro and Portuguese goldsmithery in the first half of the 20th century, Master Teresa Trancoso
16 May, 18h30 -- Private treasures: the jewellery of Porto and its environs in the 20th century, Prof. Doutor Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
 
Support and Partnerships:

The Centro Interpretativo da Ourivesaria do Norte de Portugal (CIONP) intends to encompass the many institutions, activities and perspectives linked to goldsmithery, establishing bridges and relationships with all agents related with this activity in the North of Portugal, in the rest of the country and abroad.
To pursue the actions to be implemented it relies on the collaboration of a number of museological, teaching and corporative institutions, foundations, municipalities, companies and personalities of the North of Portugal linked to the world of goldsmithery.

 
Partnerships:

Arquivo Histórico Municipal do Porto

Associação Comercial e Industrial de Guimarães

Associação de Ourivesaria e Relojoaria de Portugal

Biblioteca Pública Municipal da Póvoa de Varzim

Câmara Municipal de Gondomar

Câmara Municipal de Guimarães

Escola Artística Soares dos Reis (Porto)

Fernando Martins Pereira (Empresa de Ourivesaria - Gondomar)

Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda

Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação

José Rosas & C.ª (Firma de Ourivesaria)

Manuel Alcino & Filhos (Empresa de Ourivesaria - Porto)

Museu Alberto Sampaio (Guimarães)

Museu dos Biscainhos (Braga)

Museu do Ouro de Travassos

Museu da Polícia Judiciária

Museu do Traje (Viana do Castelo)

PIN -- Associação Portuguesa de Joalharia Contemporânea

Secretariado dos Bens Culturais da Igreja

Vigararia Episcopal da Cultura de Vila Real
State: 
Ongoing
Research group: 
Art and Heritage Studies
Summary: 

Goldsmithery is one of the arts but at the same time one of the economic sectors that is most closely rooted in the peoples of the North of Portugal. Possessing a millenary tradition, as continuously demonstrated by archaeological finds, this art has bequeathed to us a set of pieces, techniques, traditions, uses and customs, including some of an intangible nature, that must be safeguarded, particularly at a time when a number of realities linked to these areas is in grave danger of being lost.
01/2010 to 12/2012