Detail of one of the many light fixtures in bronze. There are different models throughout the palace, and they all seem to be from the mid 20th c., when extensive restoration was done. The lanterns and sconces are therefore relatively new, but beautiful and appropriate. This is a great example, with bold “ears” at the wall plate and inverted-heart vents at the top.
Unfortunately, the textured paint on the wall behind isn’t so beautiful and appropriate, and it exists in other places too (though not too many). In spite of all the care taken to restore the building and furnishings, purism in materials just wasn’t as much a concern in the 1960s; hopefully it’ll be put right one day.
We will be visiting the palace on June 11, 2016, details here. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join in.
Palácio do Correio-mor, Loures