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Case for sardonyx cup with an eagle’s head
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Case for sardonyx cup with an eagle’s head

1689 - 1711. Wood, Metal, Velvet. Room 079B

Case lined externally in red velvet with metallic braid, and internally with red velvet. Metal clasps. This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Sardonyx cup with an eagle’s head (O43). 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.88-89; 134-135.

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Case for sardonyx cup with an eagle’s head
1689 - 1711
Moulded; Appliqué work
Wood; Metal; Velvet
Height: 27 cm; Width: 25 cm; Base/bottom: 15.5 cm; Weight: 692 g
Tesoro del Delfín
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. 88-89; 134-135..

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Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 17.
Otra Copa con su pie de Piedra Agata color de Concha, con seis guarniciones un Dragon por assa, y una Caveza de Aguila pr. pico, todo de Color de oro esmaltado en que están engastadas Setenta. y siete Piedras grandes, y pequeñas que son Diamantes, Rubies, y Esmeraldas, qe. incluso el Dragon. Tiene Catorce dedos y medio de alto, y Caja de Felpa encarnada.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 80.
Otro vaso, con su vasa y pie de piedra Agata onis, guarnezido de oro: una sierpe con dos alas por asa, el pico una Caveza de Aguila con sobrepuestos, y engarzes de hojas y cintas esmaltado de azul, blanco, negro, y purpura algunos de matiz: la caveza, y sobrepuestos con engastes de oro, y plata, guarnezidos con veinte y nuebediamantes rosas de varios tamaños, y veinte y nueve rubies quatro abrillantados, cinco Caujones, los quatro mui pequeños que sirven de ojos a la sierpe y Aguila, y todos de diferentes tamaños; veinte esmeraldas de diferentes tamaños; regulado en diez onzas de oro todo con la piedra de dho vaso, y dos ochabas de plata con su caja bale 16.617...28

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 05-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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