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A LMT Consultores em História e Património elaborou recentemente um aturado estudo genealógico e biográfico sobre um português agraciado com um título nobiliárquico que recebeu a designação de uma localidade no antigo ultramar.

Oriundo das Beiras, o futuro titular foi ainda jovem para África, em comissão de serviço, e lá acabou por casar com a filha de um rico negociante, descendente de famílias portuguesas aí estabelecidas mas oriundas do Brasil. Vindo a ser agraciado pelo rei, no final do século XIX, com um título nobiliárquico, foi escolhido um topónimo local para identificar o mesmo, reforçando a ligação à região africana onde se havia fixado. O agraciado desenvolveu largamente os negócios da família da mulher, que mais tarde administrou a partir de Lisboa, cidade onde passaram a viver.

A investigação realizada permitiu também biografar todos os sucessivos titulares, bem como as respectivas mulheres e filhos, enquadrando-se genealogicamente a ascendência daquelas.

A diversidade de fontes consultadas permitiu conhecer muitos pormenores, não apenas genealógicos e biográficos mas também patrimoniais e sociais da família, dotando o actual titular de um estudo completo sobre o título que usa e representa. O trabalho foi ainda enriquecido com iconografia variada.

Imagem: uma antiga gravura da cidade africana onde a família estudada viveu. 

Salva Pereira Brito 2

Lourenço Correia de Matos, a partner at LMT Abreu Loureiro, Correia de Matos & Galvão Teles, recently produced two brief heraldic studies on two lush pieces of silver - a Mannerist salver with twenty-four segments and a French tureen of transition from the turn of the nineteenth century into the twentieth - soon to be auctioned in Lisbon and in New York at Cabral Moncada Leilões and Bonhams, respectively.

The Portuguese salver displays a decoration engraved with the arms of the Pereira de Brito, of Vila Viçosa, the family of São João de Brito – a quartered shield with the arms of the Pereira in the first and fourth quarters, of the Sousa, of Prado, in the second, and of the Brito in the third, with the Pereira crest, reduced to a cross placed between the shield and the coronet of nobility. These arms are identical to those on the tomb of Pedro de Sousa de Brito, in Vila Viçosa, dated 1622, where the solution found for the crest (its reduction and placement) is identical. In the same cemetery, in the family tomb of the Sousa Meneses, there is a tombstone of José António de Sousa e Meneses Pereira de Brito e Morais, noble knight of the Royal House, Commander of Santa Maria de Antime, of Carregosa and Palmeira, of the Order of Christ, with the same arms though the sequence of the quarters is inverted, again with a similar solution for the crest (both its reduction and placement).

The second piece analysed by Lourenço Correia de Matos was an elegant tureen, with the hallmark of Robert Linzeler, Paris, datable to the late nineteenth century, early twentieth, on which were applied the arms of Duarte de Sousa Coutinho (1719-1799), bailiff of the Order of Malta. Born in Loures, where he was baptized in the family palace on the 24th of September of 1719, Duarte de Sousa Coutinho died on the 15th of June of 1799. He was admitted as a knight of the Ordem de São João de Jerusalém, also referred to as the Order of Malta, on the 12th of September of 1739, having received the commendations of Abreiro, Alvações, Fregim, Freixiel, Poiares and Vilarinhos dos Freires. He was also bailiff of Acre and Leça - the latter location being a major territory of that Order in Portugal - and later receiver and attorney general for this same institution in our country. Duarte de Sousa Coutinho was the second son of Luís Vitório de Sousa Coutinho da Mata, 6th Postmaster General of the kingdom of Portugal, and his wife Dona Joana Catarina de Meneses. He was the paternal grandson of Duarte de Sousa Coutinho da Mata, 5th Postmaster General, and his wife Isabella Caffaro, and the maternal grandson of João Gonçalves da Câmara Coutinho and his wife Dona Luísa de Meneses (daughter of Dom Lourenço de Almada). As a second son, Duarte de Sousa Coutinho used the arms of his four grandparents - Sousa, de Arronches (simplified version); Coutinho; Caffaro; Câmara e Almada – also using, above all, the arms of his patrilineality - Mata - the heraldic set being based on a cross of the aforementioned Order of Malta and wrapped in a rosary with the same pendant cross, as appropriate for professed knights of this religion.

The Portuguese salver has a base price of 7000 euros and will be auctioned in Lisbon, on the upcoming 2nd of March, by Cabral Moncada Leilões, whereas the French tureen, set at a base bid of 7,100 euros, will be auctioned by Bonhams in New York on the 4th of March.

Salva Sousa Coutinho 2