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Case for rock crystal ewer with emeralds, rubies and a handle in the form of a gold siren
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Case for rock crystal ewer with emeralds, rubies and a handle in the form of a gold siren

1650 - 1689. Leather, Wood, Fabric, Tafilete. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal ewer with emeralds, rubies and a handle in the form of a gold siren (disappeared ca. 1815). 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; 169

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Inventory number
O002971
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal ewer with emeralds, rubies and a handle in the form of a gold siren
Date
1650 - 1689
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Fabric; Tafilete
Dimension
Height: 27.5 cm.; Width: 20 cm.; Base/bottom: 14 cm.; Weight: 436 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; 169.

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 393.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 37.
Un Jarro á Canalado con su pie de Christal de Roca gravado, y dos guarniciones en el pie con assa en figura de Sirena todo de color de oro Esmaltado, aunque están engastadas quarenta, y quatro Piedras Rubies, que inclusa el assa, tiene catorce dedos de alto, y Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 124.

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Room 079B (On Display)

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Update date: 28-04-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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