D. Manuel

Discover the origins of Manueline Art, the most famous form of Portuguese artistic expression with Boca do Lobo.

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The Voyages of Discovery brought great wealth and knowledge to Portugal. Explorers came into contact with distant civilisations and many artists travelled to Portugal to work here. From this cultural interchange emerged the manueline artistic style.

"mosteiro dos jerónimos" D. Manuel D. Manuel mosteiro dos jero  nimosMonastery of Jerónimos in Lisbon
 

It first came to the fore during the reign of king Manuel I (1495-1521). However, the name attributed to this expression of the Portuguese creativity was only adopted in the 19th century.

"torre de belém" D. Manuel D. Manuel torre de bele  mTower of Belém in Lisbon
 

The Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jerónimos are the defining constructions ordered by king Manuel. Look out for the Armillary Sphere and the Cross of Christ on all monuments. They are the king’s personal symbols and reflect the power he sought to wield. Many other 16th century symbols also adorn the Gothic architecture.

"mosteiro da batalha" D. Manuel D. Manuel mosteiro da batalhaMonastery of Batalha
 

A visit to the Convent and Church of Jesus in Setúbal reveals the first examples of the Manueline. And the wonderful designs of the Monastery of Batalha and the Convent of Christ, in Tomar, they too display the king’s markings.

"convento de jesus setubal" D. Manuel D. Manuel convento de jesus setubalConvent and Church of Jesus in Setúbal
 

Sintra is another site of historical importance. The Palácio da Vila (Town Palace), the residence of king Manuel I, reveals his fascination for Mudéjar art. The Palácio da Pena also incorporates elements of the 19th century Manueline revival.

"convento de cristo tomar" D. Manuel D. Manuel convento de cristo tomarConvent of Christ in Tomar
 

Portugal is rich in such fine examples of the Manueline style and because of that we decided to honor de style and rich period with the creation of D. Manuel cabinet. Named after King Manuel I of Portugal, best known for his support of Portuguese exploration; this noble cabinet takes inspiration from the Portuguese Manuelino style and a city skyline.

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From the land of Vasco da Gama comes this spectacular limited-edition piece that embodies both the daring intrepidness of the Portuguese explorer and the sensuality of the entertainer.  Crafted from mahogany the twisted rope appearance of the base is related to the maritime inspiration of the Manuelino Style. This turned base and the skyline silhouette are covered in copper leaf and finished with an ombre style fading created using a translucent black high gloss varnish.

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Two doors open to three drawers and one adjustable bronze glass shelf. The interior of the cabinet is finished in a copper leaf with high gloss varnish and features three drawers and a bronze glass shelf.

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This blending of styles and techniques make for timeless furniture pieces that some might even consider museum quality.

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