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Case for heliotrope nef
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Case for heliotrope nef

1690 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric. Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Heliotrope nef (O12). 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.

Museo Nacional del Prado, 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; 149

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Heliotrope nef
Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, 1575 - 1600
Inventory number
Case for heliotrope nef
1690 - 1711
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Leather; Wood; Metal; Fabric
Height: 24.5 cm; Base/bottom: 11 cm; Diameter: 18 cm; Weight: 228 g
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, 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; 149.

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 349.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 25.
Una Copa ovalada con su piem y tapa de piedra verde, con seis guarniciones de Color de oro esmaltado, y en las dos de ellas engastadas treinta y dos Amatistas, y por remate una Figura de medio Cuerpo de piedra Agata, con adorno, y Penacho en la Caveza, que todo ello tiene doce dedos, y medio de alto. Caja de Tafilete como la antecedente [encarnado].

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 79.
Vaso aobado con su tapa

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Etiqueta con el número 79

Exhibitions +

"The Other Treasure": The Dauphin’s Cases
10.03.2020 - 14.02.2021

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: 05-11-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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