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Case for boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
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Case for boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin

1650 - 1689. Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin (O117). 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; 183

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Fragment of boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Silver gilt, Ca. 1590
Case for bottle with two mouths and rings
Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric, 1650 - 1689
Inventory number
O003068
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Date
1650 - 1689
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Fabric
Dimension
Height: 20.5 cm.; Width: 30 cm.; Base/bottom: 20 cm.; Weight: 332 g.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection

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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; 183.

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

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 398.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 47.
Una Copa con pie de Christal de Roca gravados algunos ramitos, con una Figura de Neptuno de lo mismo, sentada sobre una Concha, y una guarnicionen el pie de Color de Oro (está algo sentida) y tiene siete dedos de alto; con Caja como la antecedente [de tafilete negro].

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 125.
Un vaso de forma de varco con una concha que tiene una figura de plata qe. representa à Neptuno, dorado, con dos engarzes de cobre dorado vale 130

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Room 079B (On Display)

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

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