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Case for rock crystal tazza decorated with stems and a figure of Pallas Athene
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Case for rock crystal tazza decorated with stems and a figure of Pallas Athene

Early Último tercio del siglo XVII - XVIII century. Leather, Wood, Silk. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Rock crystal tazza decorated with stems and a figure of Pallas Athene (disappeared during the War of Independence). 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; 221

Technical data

Inventory number
O002963
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for rock crystal tazza decorated with stems and a figure of Pallas Athene
Date
Early Último tercio del siglo XVII - XVIII century
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Silk
Dimension
Height: 28 cm.; Diameter: 24 cm.; Weight: 967 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; 221.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 361.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 67.
Un Pomo con su pie, y Tapa de encage (algo sentda.) todo de Christal de Roca gravada de Flores con dos guarniciones, dos Aldavones, y por remate una Figura, qe. representa á Palas con Escudo y Lanza de Color de Oro, y tiene su todo Trece dedos de alto, con Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 91.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 09-04-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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