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Case for heliotrope cup with lionesses’ heads

XVII century. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Heliotrope cup with lionesses’ heads (O49). Case lined externally in leather with gilt iron decoration of fleuron motifs and ovals, and internally with brown velvet. 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; 251

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Case for heliotrope cup with lionesses’ heads
XVII century
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Height: 39.5 cm.; Width: 32 cm.; Base/bottom: 20.5 cm.; Weight: 1274 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; 251.

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 409.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 82.
Una Copa con su pie, y Tapa todo acanalado de Piedra verdosa, con ocho guarniciones de color de oro Esmaltado, en que áy diferentes Mascaroncitos, Cavezas de Leon, y de Carnero, dos Ca vezas de S a tiro por Asas, con su Guirnalda, Astas, y Orejas, y la Tapa remata con un Floroncillo con una Piña todo de color de oro Esmaltado, que inclusa dha Piña, y remate, tiene tercia, y quatro dedos y meº. de alto otra, y uno de ancho inclusas las Asas, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 38.
Otro vaso grande aobado y arminellado, de piedra sanguina, que tiene un poco quebrado en la voca, guarnezido dho vaso, tapa, remate, vasa y pie de oro; las dos asas de componen de dos mascarones con hojas de Carnero tambien de oro por el rebes una Caveza de Leon de lo mismo, y vaja la pierna, y garra en que forma la asa; todo el engarze de la voca hojas de cartel y unas flores en las cabezas: tambien hojas en la tapa, y ocho cavezas de Carnero; hojas y flores en el remate, y asiento agallonado con hojas y una Alcachofa; en el asiento de dho vaso quatro cavezas de Leon, festones, y cartones, y mas abajo de dhas hojas en el pie ocho cabezas con mascarillas, hojas y flores esmaltado de verde, blanco, purpura, negro y rojo; [...] que todo con su caja y piedra vale 67.830...20.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 20-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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