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Case for rock crystal cup with carved masks
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Case for rock crystal cup with carved masks

1662 - 1700. Leather, Wood, Metal, Silk. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal cup with carved masks (O120). 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; 261-262

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Inventory number
O003071
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal cup with carved masks
Date
1662 - 1700
Technique
Moulded; Appliqué work; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Silk
Dimension
Height: 30 cm.; Width: 29.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 20.5 cm.; Weight: 1167 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; 261-262.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 400.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 87.
Una Copa con su pie, figura ovalada ácanalada todo de Christal de Roca con tres guarniciones en el referido pie, de color de oro Esmaltado, que tiene una Tercia, y un dedo de alto, quince dedos, y meº. de largo, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 134.
Copa grande aobada

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

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

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