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Case for small rock crystal ewer with boys and snakes
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Case for small rock crystal ewer with boys and snakes

1690 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth. Room 060

This case (O3032) and its pair (O3373) take the form of the vessel for which they were made, two Small rock crystal ewers with boys and snake (O75 and O76). 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; 147

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Small rock crystal ewer with children and snake-shaped handle
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, Silver gilt, Ruby, 1550 - 1575
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Inventory number
O003032
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for small rock crystal ewer with boys and snakes
Date
1690 - 1711
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Dimension
Height: 16.3 cm.; Width: 11 cm.; Base/bottom: 7.5 cm.; Weight: 148 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; 147.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 364.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 24.
Dos Aguamaniles ambos de Christal de Roca con dos guarniciones, Tapa, y remate de Color de oro esmaltado, y en el Cuello de la boca engastados dos Rubies, por assas dos Culebras, que agarra un Niño, y por pico otro Niño ambos de color de oro sin Esmalte, que inclusas las assas tienen ocho dedos de alto, y sus Cajas de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 116.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal

Displayed objects +

Heraldic: Gran escudo del Delfín de Francia. D. Luis, padre de Felipe V. Escudo cuartelado: 1º y 4º con tres lises puestos en 2:1. 2º y 3º, con delfín. Escudo coronado con corona de lises. Alrededor del escudo, dos collares de las ordenes de caballería. Alrededor del escudo, dos collares de las órdenes de caballería. El exterior, de la Orden del Sancti Spiritus, con medallón con paloma inserto dentro de una cruz de Malta con lises en sus ángulos. El interior, es el collar de la Orden de San Miguel.

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

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