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Case for jasper helmet-shaped ewer
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Case for jasper helmet-shaped ewer

Ca. 1600. Leather, Wood, Metal, Fabric.
Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Jasper helmet-shaped ewer (O18). 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; 321

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Case for jasper helmet-shaped ewer
Ca. 1600
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Leather; Wood; Metal; Fabric
Height: 18 cm; Width: 19 cm; Base/bottom: 11.5 cm; Weight: 272 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; 321.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 397.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 35.
Otro vaso en forma de morrion de piedra Diaspero oriental, guarnezido el pie, vaso, y asa de oro esmaltado de negro, blanco, y algo azul; regulado en una onza, y dos ochavas de oro, poco mas o menos, que con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale 6.359...12.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 117.
Un Vaso en forma de Aguamanil, con su pie todo de Piedra Agata con dos guarniciones en el pie, y asa de Color de oro Esmaltado, que tiene de alto por la parte del asa, ocho dedos, y medio, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado, (digo) negro.

Inscriptions +

Handwritten label. On the body

Exhibitions +

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

Update date: 24-11-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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