Silver-gilt and richly crafted objects for civil use were real treasures, both material and artistic. They were therefore used for representation and ostentation. A highlight of the Treasure that was rebuilt after the 1755 Earthquake is an exceptional set of 23 works reserved for the Crown's greatest public ceremonies, such as the Royal Baptisms, the Acclamation, or the royal ceremony of Washing the Feet of the Poor on Holy Thursday.
Whether on display or in use, during the ceremonies, in everyone's eyes these works reflected the solemnity of the act, as well as that of the royal insignia that they bore, of the gestures and precedence of those carrying them, and of the spaces they adorned.
Germany, Augsburg, 1559-1586; 1753-1756 Hans II Schweinberger († 1610) Gilded silver
In the mid-18th century, fifteen medallions bearing the heraldry of the Sás and their wedding alliances were affixed to this basin, which is associated with ewer 6.3. The ducal crown atop the central coat of arms emphasises the duchess honours bestowed in 1753 by King D. José I on the Marchioness of Abrantes, the queen's Lady Chamberlain.
Transylvania (?), Nagyszeben, 17th century (1st half) Gilded silver
The inscription in Arabic “Mehmed Giray sultan ibn Selamet Giray Han” refers to Mehmed IV Giray, Khan of the Crimean Tatars (1610-1674). From the estate of the House of Abrantes. Used as the Royal House's baptismal basin, probably since the Baptism of future Queen D. Maria II in Rio de Janeiro in 1819.