Aquarium

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China
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century
  • Type
    Decorative Art
  • Materials
    Porcelain
  • Measurements
    Width 575 cm. Height 425 cm.
  • Creator name
    Unknown
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    China
  • Time period
    AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century
  • Creation date
    18th Century; Qianlong period (circa 1780)
  • Function
    Aquarium commonly used as jardinières in the 19th century.
  • Acquisition
    This aquarium once belonged to the collections of Ferdinand de Saxe Coburgo-Gotta (King Ferdinand the Second of Portugal) and is recorded in the books of the Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg was the father of King Luis I who inherited most of his valuable collections, thus bringing these to the Ajuda Palace. The Royal Family lived in the Palace until 1910 when the monarchy fell. The Palace with its collections was turned into a museum in 1968.
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