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Case for rock crystal salt cellar in the form of a dolphin
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Case for rock crystal salt cellar in the form of a dolphin

1670 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Gamuza. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal salt cellar in the form of a dolphin (O113). 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; 276

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Rock crystal salt cellar in the form of a dolphin
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Silver gilt, 1670 - 1700
Inventory number
O003064
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal salt cellar in the form of a dolphin
Date
1670 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Gamuza
Dimension
Height: 51 cm.; Width: 24.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 23 cm.; Weight: 1724 g.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection

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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; 276.

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Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 12116.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 94.
Un Delphin con la boca ha vierta, alas, y cola levantada en alto, y sobre la Caveza mantiene una Concha, todo de Christal de Roca, con seis guarniciones, y su pie todo de color de oro engastadas en él dos ordenes de piedras de Lapislazuli, qe. componen treinta, y quatro, qe. dho Delphin con el pie, tiene tercia, y once dedos de alto, y la Concha doce dedos de ancho, con Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 111.

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Room 079B (On Display)

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Update date: 04-12-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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