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

1689 - 1711. Leather, Wood, Metal, Terrycloth 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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Cup with the Four Seasons
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, 1570 - 1600
Inventory number
Case for the cup with the Four Seasons
1689 - 1711
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Terrycloth
Height: 43 cm.; Width: 25 cm.; Base/bottom: 15.6 cm.; Weight: 1363 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; 274-275.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 288.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 93.
Una Copa acanalada con su pie de Christal de Roca, gravadas algunas Figuras con tres guarniciones en el pie de color de oro Esmaltado, tiene catorce dedos de alto, Caja de Tafilete encarnado y demuestra haver tenído tapa.

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

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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