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Case for octagonal rock crystal tray with four engraved dolphins
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Case for octagonal rock crystal tray with four engraved dolphins

1650 - 1689. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Octagonal rock crystal tray with four engraved dolphins (O107). 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; 208

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Octagonal rock crystal tray with four engraved dolphins
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Brass, 1600 - 1630
Inventory number
O003059
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for octagonal rock crystal tray with four engraved dolphins
Date
1650 - 1689
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 12.5 cm.; Width: 38 cm.; Base/bottom: 34.5 cm.; Weight: 1523 g.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
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; 208.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 21962.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 60.
Un Azafate, compuesto de nuebe piezas de Christal de Roca, engastado en color de oro, con Cinco Piezas de lo mismo. Tiene cinco dedos de alto, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 108.
Canastillo ochavado

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 12-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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