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Case for rock crystal boat with a dragon, two fantastical creatures and wheels
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Case for rock crystal boat with a dragon, two fantastical creatures and wheels

1690 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal boat with a dragon, two fantastical creatures and wheels (O115). 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; 217

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Rock crystal boat with a dragon, two fantastical creatures and wheels
Copper alloy, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, Silver gilt, Ca. 1610
Inventory number
O003066
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal boat with a dragon, two fantastical creatures and wheels
Date
1690 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 23.5 cm.; Width: 39 cm.; Base/bottom: 25.5 cm.; Weight: 1085 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; 217.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 12101.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 65.
Un Carro con tres ruedas, una Caveza de Dragan alas Espaldas, y por asas dos Esphinges todo ello de Christal de Roca, con su engaste, y adorno de color de oro Esmaltado, y en el labio superior nueve Concaves. sin piedra alguna; que tiene por el respaldo doce dedos de alto, y su Caja de Tafilete encarndo.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 136.
Vaso grande, hechura de varco

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal

Displayed objects +

Heraldic: Gran 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 ordenes de caballería. Alrededor del escudo, dos collares de las órdenes de caballería. El exterior, de la 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: 08-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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