As in your average Baroque Palace, the piano nobile is reserved for the public rooms with fancy azulejos and stuccoed ceilings. The Correio-mor is no different, but things get interesting downstairs too – the kitchen with its wide stone slab flooring gets a tall wainscot of painted blue and white azulejos all around.
Based on Delft tiles, the figura avulsa pieces provide a strong background at eye level, with somewhat sarcastic painted scenes above the doors and fireplaces: on one a meal is prepared with rats running under the table; on another a pig is cut open for processing, no doubt a reassurance that the current lords of the manor where fully Christian (they had started as Jewish merchants a century before).
Note also the big fires within shallow arches, the stone table and sculptural water basins (separate for meats and vegetables) and the many different-colored azulejos which represent the different foods: smoked hams, fish, hung game and fowl.
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