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Case for the cup with grape harvesting scenes

s XVI - XVII century. Leather, Wood, Metal, Velvet Room 060

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made. 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. The group of 120 cases belonging to the Museo del Prado are mostly on deposit to the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas.

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Case for the cup with grape harvesting scenes
s XVI - XVII century
Moulded; Appliqué work
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet
Height: 33 cm.; Diameter: 14 cm.; Weight: 562 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; 269.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 12110.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 90.
Un Vaso en forma de Bote con su pie, y tapa todo de Christal de Roca, gravada de distintas Figuras en accion de vendimiar, con tres guarniciones dos en el pie, y una en la Tapa de Color de oro Esmaltado, Tiene tercia, y un dedo de alto; y Caja de Tercio pelo encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 107.

Exhibitions +

"The Other Treasure": The Dauphin’s Cases
10.03.2020 - 13.09.2020

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 13-03-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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