The Treasure was kept close to the King, accompanying him in his glory and solemn acts but also in his vicissitudes, those of the Kingdom and its history. It was a reserve of singular objects of State, including jewellery, textiles and sumptuous silver, as well as a resource of wealth and precious materials.
Thus, the Treasure coffers embarked on an unprecedented and risky ocean crossing, which took the Royal Family and Court to Brazil when the French Invasions occurred in 1807.
In 1821, the king returned, along with the Treasure, almost in its entirety. Ten years later, the objects that remained in Brazil to serve the regency would embark for London, following new political developments. Some of the pieces would thus be forever dispersed, while others eventually found their way back to Lisbon and the Treasure.
Royal crown case
Rio de Janeiro, 1817 Joaquim António Raimundo Brazilwood, metal, silk