There are at least three rooms like these at the Palácio, where extravagant displays of china would be kept and appreciated as guests passed by to enter the adjoining dining rooms. Side stairs allowed access to staff for maintenance and removal as required for the party.
Our guess is these are recreations (at least the decorative paint looks too clean to be from the 18th c.) but the shapes are wonderful and, together with the velvet curtains, surely added a sense of drama to every meal.
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