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Case for green jasper cup with dolphin-shaped handles
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Case for green jasper cup with dolphin-shaped handles

1690 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Green jasper cup with dolphin-shaped handles (O56). 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.88-89; 314-315.

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Cup with dolphin-shaped handles
Gold, Omphacite, Ca. 1540
Inventory number
O003371
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for green jasper cup with dolphin-shaped handles
Date
1690 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 19 cm.; Width: 17.3 cm.; Base/bottom: 12.5 cm.; Weight: 249 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. 88-89; 314-315..

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 114.
Un Pomo redondo con su pie, tapa, y dos Delphines por asas todo de Piedra verde esquisita con tres guarniciones en el pie, tres Cartelas, tres Festones, tres Delphines, y tres Ojas, y sobre la tapa un rematito (todo de color de oro) que incluso el remate tiene nueve dedos, y medio de alto, y Caja como la antecedente [de tafilete encarnado]

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 33.
Un vaso redondo, con su tapa, pie y asas de sierpe, todo de piedra blasma, el remate, como torneado; el pie, y vasa compuesto con tres cartelas, quatro Delfines, y festones, hojas, y flores sobre oro, todo cincelado y picado, que rebajado el peso de una chapita de plata, que tiene a la parte de adentro, se reguló en tres onzas y media de oro, que junto con la piedra, y caja de dho vaso vale 18.958...10.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 08-05-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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