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Glengarry511 Sep 2019 9:05 p.m. PST

Was there a traditional colour scheme for Spanish civilian carriages in the 18th-19th century?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 4:42 a.m. PST

Not that I know of. I have tried on line and my various sources on French and British carriages of the Napoleonic Era.

Museums tend to show royal state coaches with massive gold ornamentation.

For France or UK I would have said any of yellow (esp for a post chaise), blue or green for the bodywork and red for the chassis (the subframe, the springs etc) Black roof and upper half, if a cabriolet, landau or any such a convertible. Black for the trunk and wheel rims.

Spanish do seem to favour yellow wheels is all I can come up with. Sorry

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 5:14 a.m. PST

It's customary in many Catalonian towns to celebrate every winter St. Anthony the Great's Day. As he is considered to be a patron saint to domestic animals, cattle and pets, large carriage and horse parades called "Els Tres Tombs" (='The Three Turnabouts') are organized, where a number of restored vintage carriages of all kinds are shown. I find such parades nice to be watched from time to time.

The colour I see more often there is red on wheels and carts detailing, along with natural wood. But grass green and yellow wheels aren't that infrequent, either.

Just google for some images: link


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2019 10:42 a.m. PST

That is a great response. Red for wheels was the accepted look throughout Europe.

Funny though how many Spanish still use yellow.

Must question, as totally fascinated, why did you ask?

Glengarry512 Sep 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

Thanks all. I have a Spanish Napoleonic carriage to paint for a Spanish officer who requires greater comfort on campaign. A private carriage so not in any standard Spanish train or artillery colour.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2019 3:59 a.m. PST

However did you find a carriage for the Napoleonic Era? What scale? Open carriage I imagine….intrigued still

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