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Case for gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head
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Case for gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head

1680 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric.
Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head (O46). Case lined externally in leather with gilt iron decoration of vegetable and figurative motifs, and internally with salmon pink silk. Metal clasps. 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; 128

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Case for gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head
1680 - 1711
Moulded; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Fabric
Height: 38 cm; Width: 41 cm; Base/bottom: 29 cm; Weight: 1892 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. 85-89; 128.

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. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 12106.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 37.
Otro vaso grande en forma de concha, y un pico grande; y adonde haze la forma de concha, una caveza de Aguila, vasa y pie, de piedra Diaspero sanguino: tiene el pie, vasa y la caveza guarnezido de plata algo tallada; el del pie, picado de Zapa, liso, y dorado, sobrepuestas de oro unas piezas de hojas, cartones, cintas y engarces [...] todo con el dorado la piedra de dho vaso y caja bale 18.334...18.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 14.
Una Copa grande con su pico, pie, y remate de Caveza de Aguila toda ella de piedra verdosa; con Cinco guarniciones de Color de oro esmaltado, en las quales están engastadas ochenta y ocho piedras de varios tamaños, las quarenta Rubies, quarenta y quatro Diamantes, y las quatro restantes Esmeraldas, que incluso el remate tiene una Tercia, y quatro dedos de alto y Caja como la antecedente [de tafilete encarnado].

Inscriptions +

Handwritten label in black ink. On the body

INV. 12106
Handwritten in white ink. On underside

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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