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Case for boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon
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Case for boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon

XVII century. Leather, Wood, Metal, Velvet. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon (O19). 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.88-89; 167-168.

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Inventory number
O003374
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for boat-shaped agate cup with Cupid on a dragon
Date
XVII century
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet
Dimension
Height: 19 cm.; Width: 16.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 10 cm.; Weight: 579 g.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
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. 88-89; 167-168..

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 36.
Una Copa abarquillada con su pie de Piedra Agata astriada, con siete guarniciones, y un Dragon por assa sobre que está montado un Cupidillo, todo de Color de oro Esmaltado, y en ellas engastadas Sesenta, y una Piedras Diamantes, Rubies, y un Zafiro en el pecho del Dragon, que incluso este tiene nuebe dedos de alto, y Caja como la antecedente [de tafilete encarnado].

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 77.
Otro vaso abarquillado con su asa, y pie de piedra Agata, abierto, de medio relieve, en genero de gallones y cintas, y la vasa en hondo; el pie liso, y guarnezido dho vaso de oro, y encima una sierpe, donde esta un cupido con su arco, y flecha [...] que todo con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale 8.883...14.

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Room 079B (On Display)

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Update date: 08-05-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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