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Boat-shaped cup with a band of birds and flowers on the mount
Anonymous; Taller milanés (?)
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Taller milanés (?)

Boat-shaped cup with a band of birds and flowers on the mount

1590 - 1610. Agate, Diamond, Enamel, Emerald, Jasper, Gold, Ruby. Room 079B

A vessel made up of three pieces of jasper and one of agate. The oval body, with a diminished arch profile, is carved with ten gadroons and engraved leaves separated by ribs with arrises. On the lower part is a broad round mount with a pattern of lambrequins (drapery) and foliage, enamelled in dark blue and opaque white with small touches of pink and black. This is joined to a button ending in its turn in a smaller mount with rings of black and white foliage. The globular knop is held above the foot by a double mount with a design similar to the previous ones, although green is here introduced to the enamelling. The foot, in the form of a cupola or inverted cup, has grooves that were probably intended for another decorative mount. Several similarly gadrooned vessels are preserved at the Musée du Louvre.

The most distinctive feature of the vessel is a lateral mount made in Germany or the Netherlands that consists of two pierced pieces with overlays of birds on branches and inset stones scattered around the composition. This recalls the pieces and “interpieces” that made up the Spanish bands, collars and bracelets of Philip II’s time, many of them fashioned in Augsburg or the Netherlands. The pattern follows models that were current in about 1590, and wax-resist enamelling is used for the bodies of the birds, a technique that was out of fashion by the date the vessel was assembled. It may be a re-enamelling, but may also be an attempt to give the cup a more antique appearance. Although it might seem strange to incorporate an archaising design, there is another example in the Dauphin’s Treasure, that of the enamelled medallions on pieces O38 and O39. The mount on the knop is similar to that of pieces O43 and O44 in the Dauphin’s Treasure, which are later than 1689, and these in turn resemble vessel MR 218 at the Musée du Louvre. All are made in the style proposed by the ornamentist Bérain, based on straight ribbons interrupted by curves and interwoven with feuillages. Within the same style, but in unenamelled silver gilt, is a vessel at the Louvre with a similar body, supported on the sides by two masks with diadems and veils. These are joined by hinges to the base and by tongues to the rim, perhaps to hold the stone vessel without having to make holes in it. The same method is used in numbers O64, O65, O66 and O67, the last of which bears the same mark as the first, that of Michel Debourg, dated 1686 to 1687.

The Museo del Prado has the photography by Juan Laurent y Minier´s photography: Vase agate, jannâtre avec veines de cornaline orientale, montures d’or et émaillé, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri IV, (HF0835/27 ) c. 1879 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Anonymous; Taller milanés (?)
Boat-shaped cup with a band of birds and flowers on the mount
1590 - 1610 (Cup and Decorative band); Ca. 1686 (Mount)
Chased; Enamelled; Carved
Agate; Diamond; Enamel; Emerald; Jasper; Gold; Ruby
Height: 14.4 cm.; Width: 18.7 cm.; Base/bottom: 11.3 cm.; Weight: 466 g.; Diameter of the base: 8.6 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 88-89.

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. 156-157.

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. 443.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 30.
Una Copa abarquillada y acanalada con pie de Piedra Agata con quatro guarniciones de color de oro esmaltado, y en las dos de los lados engastadas veinte y ocho piedras Diamantes, Rubies, y Esmeraldas. Tiene ocho dedos de alto; y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 82.
Otro vaso abarquillado arminellado con su pie, y vasa todo de piedra Agata, guarnezido todo de oro esmaltado de azul, verde, blanco, negro, y purpura: las dos piezas de los lados seis pajaros, hojas y engastes, guarnezidos con seis Diamantes delgados, onze rubies, y onze esmeraldas, todo de varios tamaños; y regulado el oro en dos onzas y media, todo junto con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale 6.774...16.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 82.
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 [...] 82. Otro vaso abarquillado arminellado con su pie y base todo de piedra Ágata, guarnecido todo de oro esmaltado de verde, azul, blanco, negro y purpura, las dos piezas de los lados, seis pajaros, hojas y engastes guarnecidos con seis diamantes delgados, once rubíes y once esmeraldas de varios tamaños, y regulado el oro en dos onzas y media.

Exhibitions +

Intercambio por las Colecciones Reales Españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras
09.07.2001 - 16.09.2001

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 18-07-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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