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Case for heliotrope cup in the form of a shell with handles
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Case for heliotrope cup in the form of a shell with handles

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

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Heliotrope cup in the form of a shell with handles (O17). 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; 342

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Heliotrope cup in the form of a shell with handles
Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, Ca. 1600
Inventory number
O002993
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for heliotrope cup in the form of a shell with handles
Date
1690 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 10 cm.; Width: 14 cm.; Base/bottom: 12 cm.; Weight: 158 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; 342.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 387.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 128.
Otro Vaso en figura de Concha lisa, con su pie, y Asas todo de Piedra verde manchada, con dos guarniciones en el pie de color de oro esmaltado, y tiene tres dedos y medio de largo, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 58.
Otro vaso hechura de concha con sus dos asas y pie de piedra sanguina, labrado en el adonde haze la forma de concha unos cartones, y en el pie sus dos engarzes de oro esmaltados de verde, blanco, azul, y anteado; regulado en tres ochabas de oro que junto con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale 1.602...22.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal

Displayed objects +

Heraldic: Escudo del Delfín de Francia, D. Luis, padre de Felipe V. Escudo cuartelado:1º y 4º con tres lises puestos en 2:1;2º y 3º con delfín. Escudo coronado con corona de lises Alrededor del escudo, dos collares de las órdenes de caballería: Orden del Sancti Spiritus: con medallón con paloma inserto dentro de una cruz de Malta con lises en sus ángulos. El interior es el collar de la Orden de San Miguel.

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

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