The House of Meres has Historic Archives that were entrusted to the Library of the University of Oviedo in 1990. It is a multi-generational family archive, originally devised as an archive for managing and administering the family's estate. It's an ancestral archive, given that the Argüelles de Meres lineage is included within the noble landowners of the Council of Siero, and a few of them were notaries. In fact, the House of Meres held seven of the twenty-one books held in the Notary's Office in the Town Hall of Siero in the XVII cent; protocols whose documents were the only ones kept from that period, given that those belonging to the aforementioned notary's office vanished during the Spanish Civil War.
The Archive includes property transfer documents (wills, establishment of an heir to the estate, inventories, etc.), estate administration documentation (leasing, contracts, censuses, income, etc.), litigation documents (final judgements, law suits, complaints, proxies, etc.), patent letters, royal letters (Charles I of Spain and V of Germany - 1528, Phillip V- 1728, Charles III-1782, Charles IV - 1786), as well as the families private letters of correspondence.
We must underline judgement given by Charles II in 1698 which names Antonio Argüelles Quiñones de Meres and Valdés Marqués de La Paranza, a document drafted presumibly in the school of Claudio Coello; as well as a handwritten biography by the Abbot of Arbás del Puerto, Francisco Argüelles Quiñones de Meres y Valdés, about his brother, the Marquis, dated 1700. Both documents are in very good condition.
The Palace has a very extensive furniture collection, the most of which have been completely restored. Others are currently in the process of restoration. Complete sets of chairs, cabinets, chests of drawers, large popular style chests, those carved by the Asturian painter José Uría y Uría are the most noteworthy.
In the dining room in the house there are numerous objects made of ceramic and porcelain, complete sets of Limoges porcelain, Asturian ceramics and countless pieces of silverware.
In the front garden beside the pond there is a Tarshish Grave Stele dating from the IX cent. BC, presumably transported from Extremadura more than a century ago.
Among the numerous paintings embellishing the Palace, we would like to highlight: Portrait of the Bishop of Oviedo, Juan de Llano Ponte. Anonymous XVII cent. (Salón Nuevo – New Room), Saint Nicholas of Bari Anonymous End o the XVII Cent. (Chapel of Santa Ana), Portrait of Antonio Argüelles Valdés, Marquis of La Paranza, Anonymous 1710. (Salón Nuevo – New Room), Portrait of Eduard Ríu Cercós 1883 Dionisio Fierros (Estrado). A number of the first works of Amparo Cores Uría from the mid XX century and a part of the vast collection of work by José Uría y Uría (Hallway).
José Uría y Uría (Oviedo 1861 – Vigo 1937), student of Antonio Fernández Cuevas, undertook his studies in Madrid at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. He was a figurative and realist artist who cultivated different pictorial genres. Historical: with works such as El Príncipe D. Carlos y El Duque de Alba, Lope de Vega en el cementerio, El Campo de San Francisco y el Primer grito de independencia, among others.* Costumbrist: with titles such as El baile de vaqueiros or La esfoyaza.* Social: Taller de forja, Después de la huelga, or Taller de fuego. Some of them can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias.
The last painting by Mr. José Uría y Uría restored by the family was acquired in an auction at Christie's of London in 2007. This piece of work, "Descanso en la plaza de toros", situated in the Hallway, dates from 1880 and has returned to the Palace after more than a century, The same goes for the painting acquired in the year 2014, "La imprenta".
The Palace of Meres has become a place of pilgrimage for renowned movie directors across the national and international panaroma. Its church, forest, gardens and property fit perfectly into the locations required for television and movie scripts. Movies, adverts, reports, television series, and videos have been filmed in the Palace.
La Regenta 1974 (film) by Emiliano Piedra. La Regenta 1994 (television series) by Méndez Leite. Asturias Paraíso Natural 1996 (advert) by Encuadre. El Abuelo 1997 (film), nominated for an Oscar award in 1997, by José Luis Garci. Asturias 1997 (advert) by TV Regional (Asturian TV channel). You are the one 2000 (film) by José Luis Garci. Metrotren 2000 (advert) by Manolo Cuadrado. Historia de un beso 2001 (film) by José Luis Garci.Luz de Domingo 2006 (film) by José Luis Garci. Los Tejos 2007 (report) by New Atlantis. Barbie can´t stand up 2014 (videoclip) by Titi Muñoz.
A range of artists lived in the Palace during different periods, like: José Uría y Uría (painter), Juan Uría Ríu (historian), Amparo Cores Uría (painter), Mr. Antonio Cores Uría (photographer), in addition to new generation who kept the artistic traditions alive.