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Case for shell-shaped jasper bowl with a snail on the cover
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Case for shell-shaped jasper bowl with a snail on the cover

1662 - 1700. Leather, Wood, Metal, Velvet, Suede. Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, an Ashell-shaped jasper bowl with a snail on the cover (O54). 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; 132

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Inventory number
O003019
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for shell-shaped jasper bowl with a snail on the cover
Date
1662 - 1700
Technique
Dyed; Joined / assembled; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet; Suede
Dimension
Height: 23 cm.; Width: 21.7 cm.; Base/bottom: 16.5 cm.; Weight: 415 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; 132.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 21961.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 16.
Otra Copa en forma de Concha con su pie, y tapa de Piedra Jaspeada de varios Colores, con quatro guarniciones, á un lado de la Copa una Figura de Neptuno, sentado sobre un Delphin, y sobre la tapa un Caracol todo de color de oro esmaltado, en que están engastadas quarenta, y una Piedras, qe. se componen de Rubies, Esmeraldas, Turquesas, Jacintos, Zafiros, Granates, Aguamaniles, y una Drisolica, que incluso el Neptuno. Tiene quince dedos, y medio de alto. en Caja de Tafilete encarndo. Y se previene faltan en el pie, y Tapa, tres Piececillas del Esmalte.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 53.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 19-05-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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