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Case for rock crystal ewer with a handle in the form of a winged beast
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Case for rock crystal ewer with a handle in the form of a winged beast

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

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal ewer with a handle in the form of a winged beast (O99). 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.

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Rock crystal ewer with a handle in the form of a winged beast
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Silver gilt, 1670 - 1689
Inventory number
O003053
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal ewer with a handle in the form of a winged beast
Date
1650 - 1689
Technique
Moulded; Repoussé; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Gamuza
Dimension
Height: 32 cm.; Width: 19.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 10 cm.; Diameter: 12 cm.; Weight: 489 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; 280.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 21958.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 96.
Un Jarro con su pico, pie, y asa de hechura de Esphinge con sus AJas (la una quebrada) todo de Christal de Roca gravado de Flores, y Ramos con tres guarniciones de color de oro, que inclusa el asa, y Caveza del Esphinge tiene una tercia, y un dedo de alto, con Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 95.

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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