About some of the antiques in Quinta da Fonte.
A remarkable piece of furniture to mention is the “Dom João V”
(or King John the Fifth of Portugal) living room table set: a centuries
old and marvellously carved handcrafted table, surrounded by equally
elaborate and exquisite chairs, a large sofa and a comfortable regal
The mainstay of the mansion’s extraordinary collection of furniture
is the content of the “Dona Maria” (Queen Mary of Portugal) bedroom.
The complete suite of bed, dresser, commode, table and chairs that grace
the sunny and beautiful bedroom is a prize many a collector would envy.
Indeed many offers have been made to purchase these precious items.
However, the furniture fits perfectly into the room and is the pride
and joy of a lifetime of collecting by the mansion owner - they treat
their furniture as heirlooms. This bedroom is the most popular of the
five rooms available and enjoys the presence of a well known and extremely
valuable seventeenth century oil painting of the “Imaculada Conceição”
(the Immaculate Conceição) by a prestigious Portuguese artist of the
In one of the other bedrooms there is a collection of rare “Vinhático”
furniture (made from a lighter/creamier type of Mahogany style wood
– from the tree endemic to Madeira, and today a protected species found
almost exclusively in the UNESCO world heritage Laurissilva forest).
The “Vinhático” furniture includes a double size canopy bed, an exquisite
“Bombe Commode” and a handcrafted manicured wardrobe.