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Case for boat-shaped jasper tazza
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Case for boat-shaped jasper tazza

XVII century. Leather, Wood, Metal, Suede.
Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Boat-shaped jasper tazza (O58). 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.306

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Boat-shaped jasper tazza
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Case for boat-shaped jasper tazza
XVII century
Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Suede
Height: 9.5 cm; Width: 19.3 cm; Base/bottom: 17.5 cm; Weight: 315 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. 306.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 39.
Otro vaso abarquillado de Jaspe oriental, con asa, y pie de plata dorada; las alas son dos Delfines tallados, y lo mas liso; se regulo en seis ochavas de oro, que junto con el dorado la piedra del citado vaso con su caja vale 3.018.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 109.
Una Taza de hechura ovalada con su pie de Piedra que parece Agata de diferentes colores con Cinco guarniciones, y por asas dos Delphines todo de color de oro, que inclusos estos, tiene tres dedos y medio de alto, ocho y medio de largo, y seis, y meº. de ancho, con Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inscriptions +

INV. 296
On the body

D.Mo.P / 296
Typed. Object

INV. 296
Handwritten in white ink. On lid

Exhibitions +

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

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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