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Case for agate urn with masks

1650 - 1689. Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric. Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Agate urn with masks (O15). The exquisite pieces from the Dauphin´s Treasure are complemented by the custom-made cases that match the shape of each and allow them to be safely transported and counted, as each can be recognized by the contours of its corresponding box. Their wooden structures are lined with wool and silk or taffeta, and they are held shut by a system of fasteners. Most are covered, on the outside, with red Morocco leather adorned with bookbinding motifs, such as fleurs-de-lis, dolphins, cartwheels rosettes and so on. This exterior decoration may have been carried out in the last third of the 17th or beginning of the 18th century at the workshops that bound the Dauphin´s book in Paris, either as cases for newly acquired pieces or to replace overly worn cases, or possibly to create a uniform appearance for the entire collection.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, El tesoro del Delfín: alhajas de Felipe V recibidas por herencia de su padre Luis, Gran Delfín de Francia, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2001, p.85-89; 143

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Agate urn with masks
Agate, Diamond, Enamel, Gold, Ruby, 1550 - 1600
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Case for agate urn with masks
1650 - 1689
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Leather; Wood; Metal; Fabric
Height: 19.5 cm.; Diameter: 9 cm.; Weight: 153 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. 85-89; 143.

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 22863.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 21.
Un Pomo con su pie, assas, y tapa de Piedra Agata en que áy tres guarniciones incluso el remate de la Tapa de Color de oro esmaltado, y en ellas engastadas Setenta, y tres Piedras Diamantes, y Rubies pequeños, que incluso el remate tiene siete dedos de alto; Caja de Camelote de Aguas.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 74.
Un tiborcito de piedra Agata, con su tapa un mascaron de reliebe; dos en las asas, y cartones; el pie guarnezido de oro, y plata; lo de oro esmaltadas de verde transparente y las benas, de unos granitos de blanco: el campo picado de Zapa, y recortadas las hojas: en la tapa un engaste de oro con un rubi, guarnezido dho pie con treinta y seis Diamantesrosas de varios tamaños, siete rubies, uno esta quebrado, el del engaste abrillantado, con treinta espinelas; y todos los dhos de diferentes tamaños; regulado el oro en quatro ochavas, todo con la piedra y su caja vale 4.684...3.



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"The Other Treasure": The Dauphin’s Cases
10.03.2020 - 14.02.2021

Update date: 28-04-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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