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Case for heliotrope cup with diamonds and rubies
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Case for heliotrope cup with diamonds and rubies

XVII century. . Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Heliotrope cup with diamonds and rubies (HF835/022). 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

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Inventory number
O003380
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for heliotrope cup with diamonds and rubies
Date
XVII century
Medium
Wood; Metal; Velvet; Terrycloth
Dimension
Height: 13.2 cm.; Diameter: 11 cm.; Weight: 161 g.; Diameter of the base: 7.3 cm.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection

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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.

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 4.
Una Copa Redonda con su pie todo de Piedra Verdosa Jaspeada, con tres guarniciones en el pie de color de oro; y las dos de ellas engastadas con veinte y quatro Piedras Diamantes, y Rubíes Chiquitos por mitad, que tiene seis dedos de alto; y Caja forrda. en Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 65.
Un genero de copa con su caja y pie, de piedra sanguina de oro, la del pie agallonado en la vasa, y otras, tallado con dos orlitas de plata, guarnezidas con doze diamantes delgados de varios tamaños, y doze rubies del propio genero, regulado tendra una onza de oro, poco mas o menos que con la copa de dha piedra vasa y pie, con su caja vale 2.824...26.

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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