About Us

Palácio do Correio Velho was founded in 1989 with the purpose of joining to the art market. In order to provide the best service in this business, we have provided an accurated work on identification, preservation and transmission of antiques and works of art.

The opening auction for Palácio do Correio Velho’s activity was “Biblioteca de D. Carlos I e de D. Manuel II”. Due to the outstanding quality and rarity of those pieces, the company was highlighted in the art market, and soon established itself in a leadership position of the art, antiques and books auction market.

Palácio do Correio Velho has had the collaboration of a wide range of national and international connoisseurs and specialists, collaborating with several museums when identifying and categorizing works of art.

The most brilliant moments of its activity have been the live auctions, covering valuable private collections of antiques, modern and contemporary art, books and beverages.

Always on the lead of Portugal’s art market, Palácio do Correio Velho was the first company of the auction business to became online, not only when its website was created, but also when embraced the online auctions.
In 2014, in addition to live auctions, Palácio do Correio Velho started its online auctions, wich allows a faster recognition and access by our customers. Themes such as collecting, books, antique prints, medals, wines, porcelain, classic toys, among others, are hightlighted.

Implemented in the same innovation project, and according to the new market trends, Palácio do Correio Velho started its live online auctions, broadcasting its live auctions in live streaming, through the international online platform – Invaluable.

Mission

Preserve, identify, value, and disseminate art and antiques in Portugal.
Customized counselling and assistance regarding each and any piece presented or delivered to you in order to be valuated or auctioned.

Vision and Values

By combining a unique number of knowledge and skills, Palácio do Correio Velho develops multiple strategies with solutions adjusted to each piece and client’s needs. Therefore, Palácio do Correio Velho remains at the front line of the national and international art market, wich by the use of new technologies keeps inserting itself on the market globalization.

The reliability gained by Palácio do Correio Velho was originated by its integrity, transparency, loyalty and professionalism. The combination of timelessness arts and knowlede, as well as artistic and technological modernity, has allowed us to successfully adapt to the conditions of the contemporary market.

Palácio do Correio Velho supports the integrity, knowledge and dedication principles that have characterized the best houses in the arts and antiques market, and welcomes innovative technological methodologies. It thus offers a quality service and monitoring, which is reflected in its successful story.

Palácio Marim Olhão / Palácio do Correio Velho | (1919 photo)

Palácio do Correio Velho was first called Palácio Marim Olhão. Build in the 18th century by order of the Melo and Cunha family (later Counts of Castro Marim e Marqueses de Olhão), the building remained in their possession until 1922.

Palácio Marim Olhão / Palácio do Correio Velho | (1919 photo)

Several vicissitudes prevented the palace from being completed such as changes within the owner family, economic issues, the 1755 earthquake, construction works in the 19th and 20th centuries, and subsequent use, changed the palace porpuse. In 1801, Correio Geral do Reino (Kingdom’s Post Office) was installed there, earning the name of Palácio do Correio Velho.

Palácio Marim Olhão atrium / Palácio do Correio Velho atrium | (1952 photo)

In 1989, Palácio do Correio Velho Leilões e Antiguidades S.A was founded and in 2018 was recognized as a “Historic Shops” by Lisbon City Council.

An illustration reproduction of "Lisboa Velha", by Roque Gameiro