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Agate tazza with gold sprays and rubies
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Agate tazza with gold sprays and rubies

1580 - 1620. Agate, Gold, Ruby. Room 079B

A vessel made up of a piece of whitish agate and gold mounts. The surface is covered by a grid-like pattern of plant stalks entwined with small leaves and flowers inset with ruby cabochons, all made in accordance with the Kundan technique of gold application. The low foot has grooves, probably made for fitting the mount, in this case of filigree on metal plate in two rows enriched with ruby cabochons. It has lost a fragment on the edge, which was already noted as missing by the Spanish Embassy in Paris in 1815. Numerous pieces are preserved with ornamentation resembling that of the body of this tazza, including three in the Al-Sabah collection at the National Museum of Kuwait, and one at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Numerous pieces are preserved with ornamentation similar to that found on the body of this tazza. Among them, as Arbeteta pointed out, are three very similar pieces in the Al-Sabah collection at the National Museum of Kuwait, on which the same technique may have been used for applying the gold. An analogous technique is also appreciable on the high-necked globular wine flask at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, made of jade with an overlaid network of leaves and flowers in a similar design, and also with inset ruby cabochons.

The Museo del Prado has the photograph by Juan Laurent y Minier, Tasse moresque agate, montres d’or et pierreries, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri II, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/23 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
O000070
Author
Mughal workshop
Title
Agate tazza with gold sprays and rubies
Date
1580 - 1620
Technique
Chased; Mounted / set; Kundan
Medium
Agate; Gold; Ruby
Dimension
Height: 6.1 cm.; Diameter: 7 cm.; Weight: 82 g.; Diameter of the base: 3.5 cm.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 115.

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. 146.

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. 174.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 23.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 66.
Tazita de piedra agata con su pie dorado

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 66.
Alhajas y efectos preciosos que se hallaban colocados en el Gabinete de Historia natural y trasladados al Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura de S. M., en virtud de Rl. orden de 11 de Mayo de 1839 [...] 66. Un genero de tacita de pidra Ágata con un pie dorado, y embutido de este, en toda ella mas hojas, cartones y cuatro pajaros, guarnecido todo con ciento treinta y ocho rubies caujones de varios tamaños, regulado en siete ochavas de oro.

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 27-06-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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