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Case for octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos
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Case for octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos

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

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos (O32). 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.

The pieces from the Dauphin´s Treasure fit perfectly, although today it is sometimes difficult to match each vessel with its corresponding case, due fundamentally to damage suffered during the Peninsular War, and subsequent inexact reconstructions.

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.88-89; 346-347.

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Octagonal coffer covered in enamelled gold with engravings and cameos
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Case for octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos
1690 - 1711
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Height: 15.5 cm.; Width: 23.2 cm.; Base/bottom: 14.5 cm.; Weight: 528 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. 88-89; 346-347..

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Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 130.
Un Cofre ochavado con su Tapa, y Cerradura travajado con diferentes molduras, y todo el engastado en color de oro esmaltado, con Ciento cinquenta, y dos piezas de diferentes Piedras exquisitas, que parte de ellos son Camapheos, y partecon Cabos, el fondo exterior és de color de oro liso, y en el áy diez Bolitas, que sirven de pies, las quatro de ellas de Piedra Cornerina, quatro de Lapislazuli, y las dos restantes de Agata, y tiene once dedos de largo, siete de ancho, y siete de alto, con Caja de Tafilete Encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 12.
Un cofre ochavado, compuesto el armazon, y cerradura de yerro; el vuelo de una chapa de plata, todo el de molduras de oro, en los ochavos unas hojas, y engastes del mismo oro, esmaltado de verde, amarillo, azul y blanco: en los engastes ciento y cinquenta y dos Camafeosde diferentes piedras, por pies diez volas de Cornoelina y Lapislazuli, regulado por quinze onzas de oro poco mas o menos, de la ley de veinte y un quilates, y en quatro onzas de plata, que todo, inclusa la caja, vale 11.108...18.



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

Update date: 16-02-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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