Bodice trim

The piece of the month of January has been part of the MNSR’s collection since 1945, and was previously part of the royal treasure kept in the vault of the Palácio das Necessidades, the last official residence of the Portuguese monarchs, in Lisbon. It is a jewel and an adornment complement to women’s attire. It is presented as a remarkable 18th century jewelry creation.

The discovery of an engraving by Froes Machado (1759-1796) made it possible to associate this jewel with the cult of Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo in Lisbon, as it represents her sporting the trim on her bodice.