Goldwork and Jewellery

Set of Reserve Ampullae

Portugal , Porto

Goldsmith: IOC, José de Oliveira Caetano

1810 – 1818

White and gilt silver, rolled, cast, chiselled and engraved

Inventory sheet

The ampullae were used as a reserve deposit for the Holy Oils, present in certain Catholic rituals.
These are fine examples of early 19th century Portuguese goldsmithery. Their geometrical structure and the smooth, polished treatment of the surfaces reflect the influence of Robert Adam’s British classicism. This movement was inspired by the classical arts and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.