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Case for egg-shaped agate vessel with cameos on the foot, stem and finial
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Case for egg-shaped agate vessel with cameos on the foot, stem and finial

1650 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Cloth. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Egg-shaped agate vessel with cameos on the foot, stem and finial (O33). 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; 233

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Egg-shaped agate vessel with cameos on the foot, stem and finial
Agate, Chalcedony, Cowry, Enamel, Gold, Silver gilt, 1600 - 1630
Inventory number
O003002
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for egg-shaped agate vessel with cameos on the foot, stem and finial
Date
1650 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 34.5 cm.; Width: 16 cm.; Base/bottom: 12 cm.; Weight: 360 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. 85-89; 233.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 373.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 72.
Una Pieza Ovalada de Piedra Agata con pie, remate, y guarnicion compuesta de cinquenta, y nuebe Piezas grandes, y Chicas parte Camapheos y parte Cavecitas como de Niños con una concavidad en el remate en que falta una; todo ello engastado de oro Esmaltado, con quatro Figuritas de lo mismo. Tiene una Tercia de alto, y Caja como la antecte. [de tafilete encarnado].

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 24.
Otro vaso de piedra Agata que forma una especie de huebo de abestruz, con una solera de plata donde unen las piezas, compuesto pie, y vasa a la union y remate en forma de Piramide, y quatro vichas, esmaltado todo de oro blanco, verde y azul, unas frutas, cintas y cornucopias con engastes, y en ellos treinta Camafeos con veinte y nuebe cavezitas, pues le falta una en el remate; regulado el oro en cinco onzas, poco mas o menso, y seis ochavas de plata: vale con el dorado de plata la piedra de dho vaso con su caja 8.666...22.

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Room 079B (On Display)

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Update date: 22-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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