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Case for missing vessel with various figures
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Case for missing vessel with various figures

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

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Missing vessel with various figures (O50). 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; 130

Technical data

Inventory number
Case for missing vessel with various figures
1690 - 1711
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Fabric; Wood
Height: 24 cm; Width: 35 cm; Base/bottom: 17 cm; Weight: 1794 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; 130.

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. 372.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 67.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 15.
Otra Copa redonda, con pie, y parte de la tapa de Piedra verde con cinco guarniciones, Tres Figuras, Tres Festones, y por remate un medio Cuerpo de Satiro, cuio pecho es un Grano grande llamado Macarón, todo de color de oro esmaltado, qe. incluso el remate tiene una tercia, y tres dedos de alto.

Inscriptions +

[Etiqueta] ´No. 67´
Inscribed in pen and black ink. On underside

[Etiqueta colgante] ´INV./372´
Inscribed with ballpoint. On underside

[Etiqueta] ´D.Mo.P/ 372´
Typed. On underside

[Siglado] ´INV.372´
Handwritten in white ink. On underside

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. Coronado con corona de lises. Alrededor del escudo, dos collares de las ordenes de caballería. El exterior, es el collar de los Caballeros de la Orden del Sancti Spiritus. El interior es el collar de la Orden de San Miguel.

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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