Fabrica de Faiancas das Caldas da Rainha

Description
Lisbon, 30 June 1884, Share certificate à 20$000 Reis
Business
Fine China
Assignment
Europe
Country
Portugal
Rarity Code
6
Last Price
€ 1,300.00

History

Probably the most magnificent stock certificate! The well-known therapeutic bath Caldas da Rainha (= thermal springs of the queen) was founded already in the 15th century by the Portuguese queen Dona Lenor. Under the leadership of her husband Johann II Portugal became the leading sea and colonial power of Western Europe. Caldas da Rainha was the favoured summer residence of the Portuguese monarchs. The Fabrica de Faiancas was formed in 1884. The share certificate was designed by Raphael Bordalho-Pinheiro (1847-1905) and shows many of his favoured animal motifs. The execution of the artwork is very complex, because 11 colours were necessary for the print of the picture, whereas each single share certificate had to be printed manually.