This cupboard is a rare piece of furniture from a time when the chest was still the item for storage purposes ‘par excellence’. It may originally have come from a convent. The piece, made from home-grown wood (chestnut), shows a Dutch influence in its classical lines and composition. It has two elements each with two doors, separated by a row of drawers. The mouldings are strong and salient, with the pediment projecting beyond the body of the piece. Carved plant scrolls filling the panels of the doors, the dividers and frieze, adorned with a winged cherub, are the main ornamental motifs. The geometric carved relief on the drawers with a diamond point motif also characterizes the decoration. The upper section has a shelf with the apron carved and painted with floral motifs.
This very popular Portuguese model replaced the classical chest and was possibly the source of the 17th century china cupboard.