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Boat-shaped jasper tazza

1600 - 1630. Gold, Polychrome jasper agatatized Not on display

The vessel, carved in a single piece, consists of a jasper tazza with an oval mouth and boat-shaped profile. Until 1918 it had a simple mount of handles in the form of dolphins joined by openwork half moons. All that remains of it is a ring on the base, which cannot be seen when the tazza is in its normal position.

This missing mount, whose appearance and volumes are known to us only through historic photographs and the space left in the case, had incised lines marking the nerves of the leaves. Arbeteta wrote that they were probably made in some Northern European workshop to judge by analogous examples, such as a butter dish with similar decoration dated 1643 that is preserved in the collections of Rosenborg Castle, inv. no. 1-122. It is attributed to Caspar Herbach (c. 1600-1664), who came to the Danish court from Saxony in 1642.

The butter dish mentioned above, attributed to Caspar Herbach (c. 1600-1664) and similar to the tazza in the Prado, was made for Christian IV, whose cipher appears on the lid along with the date of 1643 and the tetragram with the name of “Yahve” in Hebrew. Like the piece in the Prado, the body is also a low quatrilobulate cup of what is catalogued as Saxon serpentine, resting on four feet of the same stone. Although richer and more complex, the use of openwork leaves on the sides recalls piece O-58 in the Dauphin’s Treasure, with whose possible date of execution, 1643, it coincides. The material itself, and even the Baroque decoration of the red leather case, seem to point to the same possibility.

The Museo del Prado has the photograph by Juan Laurent y Minier, Tasse ovale, avec anses rapportées, agate et jaspe, montures d’argent doré, XVIe siècle, règne de Charles IX, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/17 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Boat-shaped jasper tazza
1600 - 1630; XVII century
Gold; Polychrome jasper agatatized
Height: 4.9 cm.; Width: 14.7 cm.; Base/bottom: 11 cm.; Weight: 134 g.; Ancho base: 6.4 cm.; Bottom of the base: 4.7 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Colección Real

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 103.

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. 306.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 39.
Vaso abarquillado de jaspe

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 02-05-2019 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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