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Case for rock crystal gondola or galley with three winged serpents
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Case for rock crystal gondola or galley with three winged serpents

1570 - 1600. Leather, Wood, Metal, Velvet. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, Gondola or galley with three winged serpents (O114). 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. The pieces from the Dauphin´s Treasure fit perfectly, although today it is sometimes difficult to match each vessel with its corresponding case, due fundamentally to damage suffered during the Peninsular War, and subsequent inexact reconstructions.

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; 288-290

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Gondola or galley with three winged serpents
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, 1570 - 1600
Inventory number
O003065
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal gondola or galley with three winged serpents
Date
1570 - 1600
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet
Dimension
Height: 39.5 cm.; Width: 47 cm.; Base/bottom: 30 cm.; Weight: 1839 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; 288-290.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 21955.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 100.
Una Gondola con su pie y Proa en forma de un Caño, Popa con su Cubierta sobstenida de unos Balaustres, y por Timon un Dragon con alas, y Colas, y otros dos alos costados que sirven de asas todo de Christal de Roca gravado con follages, y diez y ocho guarniciones de color de oro Esmaltado, y en la del verde engastados remates del mismo Christal que por la Popa Tiene quince dedos de alto, esta (algo sentida) y en Caja de Tafilete negro.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 135.
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
Update date: 08-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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