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Agate flask with three handles
Mangot, Pierre -Goldsmith- (Circle of)
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Mangot, Pierre (Circle of)

Turena (France) - ?

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Agate flask with three handles

1525 - 1550. Agate, Enamel, Garnet, Gold.
Room 079B

This flask is one of a pair (I-1399). It was wrongly thought lost in 1815, and the other flask it formed a pair with was stolen in 1918. It has an agate body and enamelled gold mounts whose upper part is formed by three S-shaped handles and hanging garnets, two of which had been lost. It formed part of the French Royal Collection, probably since the times of Francis I (1494-1547). After its return from Paris in 1815, this piece was incorrectly assembled on vessel O14, as can be seen in the 19th century photographs. It is now shown separately for the first time.

The hanging garnets belong to the pyrope variety, and hanging gems (garnets and pearls) of a similar size, cut and system of suspension are found on the candelabra and reliquary cups from the Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, belonging to the French Royal Collection and now preserved at the Musée du Louvre, inv. MR 545, 546 and 547. Bimbenet-Privat considers them close to the works of the silversmith Pierre Mangot.

Original state: Juan Laurent y Minier, “Vase, cristal de roche taillé et gravé, montures d’or et émail, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri III”, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/7.

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Agate cup with one handle
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Agate flask with three handles
1525 - 1550
Chased; Enamelled; Carved
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Height: 83 mm; Width: 45 mm; Weight: 91 g
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

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. 106-107.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

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

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Tortajada, Sonia, Sobre la identificacion de materiales pétreos el Tesoro del Delfín, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXXVII, 2019-2021, pp. 53-68 [64].

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 01-05-2018

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