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Case for eight-sided topaz urn with serpent handles
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Case for eight-sided topaz urn with serpent handles

First quarter of the XVII century. Wood, Silk. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Eight-sided topaz urn with serpent handles (disappeared during the Spanish War of Independence). 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; 240

Technical data

Inventory number
O002979
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for eight-sided topaz urn with serpent handles
Date
First quarter of the XVII century
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Wood; Silk
Dimension
Height: 19 cm.; Width: 19.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 11.5 cm.; Weight: 291 g.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection (Col. Felipe V, La Granja-Segovia, 1746, nº 76; Real Gabinete de Historia Natural, Madrid, 1776-1815, nº 62)

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; 240.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 22865.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 76.
Un Pomo con su pie, y remate todo de Piedra color de Topacio, con seis guarniciones y dos Asas de hechura de quatro Culebras de Color de Oro Esmaltado, y ocho Rubies engastados en ellas. Tiene diez dedos de alto, y Caja de Tela color de Velillo.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 62.
Otro vaso hechura de urna ochabado con su tapa, remate, vasa, y pie de Topazio de vique, color embinado, abierto en el unos Cartones, y hojas de relieve, guarnezido de oro: las dos asas quatro culebras; remate, vasa, y pie, todo de oro esmaltado de blanco, azul, y rojo, guarnecidas las dos asas con ocho rubies de varios tamaños, uno esta quebrado; regulado en siete onzas de oro poco mas o menos que junto con dicha piedra topacio de vique y su caja vale 14.072...14.

Exhibitions +

"The Other Treasure": The Dauphin’s Cases
Madrid
10.03.2020 - 10.01.2021

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 04-06-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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