Colecção de Jóias do Museu dos Biscainhos

Title: Colecção de Jóias do Museu dos Biscainhos
Author: Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
ISBN: 978-989-8366-12-2
Year of Publication: 2011
N.º of pages: 124
Price: -
Bookbinding: Hardcover

We wished to gather the collection of jewellery of Biscainhos Museum in Braga in book form. Some museums in the north of Portugal have interesting goldsmithery collections, formed from convent collections, donations by private individuals or through State purchases, which have not yet been adequately studied or disseminated.

In the case of the jewellery pieces at the Biscainhos Museum, this was mainly the result of a donation from a lady of Braga, consisting basically of family items, and also jewels she herself purchased.

In total we studied over one hundred pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and added some iconography for contextualisation purposes. This catalogue studies the jewellery in this collection within the sphere of the history of Portuguese jewellery, to try and understand the role of the different types of jewels in the uses and customs related to the custom of dressing and decorating with precious ornamental pieces, throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.