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Agate cup in the form of a peach
Taller de la Dinastía Ch´ing
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Agate cup in the form of a peach

XVII century. Agate Room 079B

A vessel formed by a single piece of agate with a handle in the form of a branch curved over an everted lanceolate bowl with smooth sides. The handle branches out at the base with carved leaves and flowers and another flower above it, visible only when the bowl is turned over. The flat profile of the upper part of the handle is frequent in the productions of the early Qing dynasty. The fruit represented is a peach, a symbol of immortality. This motif, frequently made in jade, was very popular in China, especially at the end of the Qing period.

Arbeteta pointed to two parallels as proof of the popularity of representations of this fruit in China, both preserved at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The first, from the Yuan dynasty (13th century), is a piece with a simple structure and a design similar to the one in Madrid, while the other, from the Ming dynasty and signed by Zingang of the Lu family (1522-1639), is closer to the vanished cups which once formed part of the Dauphin’s Treasure but were stolen in 1918. These were recorded by the Real Gabinete de Historia Natural with the number 11, and were listed as no. 131 in Arbeteta’s catalogue (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Taller de la Dinastía Ch´ing
Agate cup in the form of a peach
XVII century
Height: 4 cm.; Width: 9.2 cm.; Base/bottom: 6 cm.; Weight: 70 g.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 112-113.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, El tesoro del Delfín: alhajas de Felipe V recibidas por herencia de su padre Luis, Gran Delfín de Francia, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 304.

Arbeteta, L. Azcue, L., El Tesoro del Delfín, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2018, 2018.

Other inventories +

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 349.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 107.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 50.
Una tazita con su vasa de piedra agata

Exhibitions +

Oriente en Palacio. Tesoros asiáticos en las colecciones reales
01.03.2003 - 30.06.2003

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 10-03-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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