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Case for the cup with the Four Seasons
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Case for the cup with the Four Seasons

1570 - 1600. Leather, Wood, Metal, Terrycloth

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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Cup with the Four Seasons
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, 1570 - 1600
Inventory number
O003038
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for the cup with the Four Seasons
Date
1570 - 1600
Technique
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Terrycloth
Dimension
Height: 43 cm.; Width: 25 cm.; Base/bottom: 15.6 cm.; Weight: 1363 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; 274-275.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 288.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 110.
Jarro grande de cees

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Update date: 07-05-2019 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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