Vista Alegre 1824

War and Peace Gargoyle Porcelain Sculpture

$350
The Gárgulas da Torre do Tombo set, presented by Vista Alegre, is inspired by the sculpture work designed in 1990 by José Aurelio. 

Monumental sculptures carved in monolithic cubes of limestone, each weighing 30 tons, the 8 gargoyles are distributed by the façades of the building into two groups of four, defining, in their complementing elements, the characteristics of the documents stored in the Torre do Tombo. 

“The Perpetrators of History” are placed on the façades’ centre, facing each other. They indicate the opposites and the dichotomies present in the historical development, and they are represented by the Gargoyles: The Good and the Evil, The Old, the Young and Death, War and Peace and Tragedy and Comedy.
Each of these porcelain tributes allows you to bring these massive sculptural works into your own home. 
  • Height: 6”. Width: 6”. Depth: 6”.
  • Biscuit porcelain. 
  • Produced in Portugal. 
  • Found at December Thieves.
  • Oversized shipping rates apply. 

Founded in 1824, the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit dedicated to producing porcelain in Portugal. The persistence of its founder, José Ferreira Pinto Basto, was instrumental to the launch and success of this daring enterprise. A landowner, audacious merchant and distinguished figure in Portuguese society at the time, José Ferreira Pinto Basto wisely adopted the liberal ideas of the 19th century, having become “the first example of free initiative” in Portugal.

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Oversized items incur a surcharge of $10 per oversized item for orders within the Continental US and up to $15 per oversized item for international orders.

Oversized/Fragile items are not eligible for shipping promotions. 

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Items worn out of the store are considered to be final sale.

The following items are considered final sale and will not be eligible for return or exchange: Fragrance, bath/body, socks, tights, food Items, and sale pieces.

We will always do our best to make sure you leave happy but do reserve the right to refuse any return/exchange if the above conditions are not met.

 

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For local pickup orders to qualify for a full refund, items must be returned within 48 hours of picking up your order in store. Beyond 48 hours and for up to 12 subsequent days, items will be eligible for store credit only.

 

In Store Purchases

We accept items purchased in store for store credit or exchange only within 14 days of purchase, as the option to try on in store was available and you have the benefit of our thieves' eyes! We have new product coming in daily so we know we can help you find something else you love.

 

Each item carried at December Thieves is lovingly crafted. We work with small artisans and independent designers who follow small batch manufacturing practices.

For them, this means working solo with a handful of studio assistants or with small family run workspaces to bring to life their creations. For us, this means high quality, unique products in very small quantities and a true dedication to the transformative power of a product made with passion. 

Nothing is mass produced or can be reordered on a whim, and when it runs out, it runs out. Kindly note that the items you find online are one and the same as those found in our brick and mortar locations- so snatch them up while you can!