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Case for small jasper casket
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Case for small jasper casket

XVII century. Leather, Wood, Fabric. Room 079B

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, a Small jasper casket (disappeared ca. 1815). 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; 150

Technical data

Inventory number
Case for small jasper casket
XVII century
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Leather; Wood; Fabric
Height: 9 cm; Width: 11.5 cm; Base/bottom: 8 cm; Weight: 137 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. 85-89; 150.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 383.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 26.
Un Cofrecito con su tapa de piedra, qe. parece Diaspero guarnecidos los Cantos, y con Cinco Moroncitos de Color de Oro Esmaltado, en que están engastadas noventa, y nuebe piedras Turquesas, y Bermelletas, y por pies quatro bolitas de piedra con Casquillos de color de oro. Tiene tres dedos de alto; Cinco, y medio de largo, y Caja de Tafilete encarndo.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 83.
Un cofrecito de piedra Jaspe de Sicilia de colores, compuesto de guarnizion de plata dorada, con unas listas y engastes: cinco sobrepuestos unidos, engastados y esmaltados de varios granos de azul, blanco, y amarillo, con quatro pies de bidrio quajado y quatro volas de la misma plata: la tapa es labrada con quatro viselas, guarnezido con sesenta y quatro bermelletas labradas rosas y con veinte y cinco turquesas, todo de varios tamaños, y regulando la plata de dho cofre, y su caja vale 1.900.

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 05-11-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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