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Case for the Hunting Vase
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Case for the Hunting Vase

s XVI - XVII century. Wood, Metal, Velvet.
Not on display

This case takes the form of the vessel for which it was made, Hunting Vase (O79). 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.

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; 295

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Hunting Vase
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, 1550 - 1575
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Inventory number
Case for the Hunting Vase
s XVI - XVII century
Moulded; Appliqué work
Wood; Metal; Velvet
Height: 24.5 cm; Width: 17.5 cm; Weight: 357 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; 295.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 21956.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 103.
Vaso en forma de olla

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 103.
Un Jarroncito con su pie Tapa, y por asas dos Esphinges todo de Christal de Roca, gravadas en él varias Figuras, y Aves, con una guarnicion en el pie, Todo de Color de oro Esmaltado, está sin remate, y tiene doce dedos de alto, y Caja de Felpa encarnada.

Inscriptions +

Handwritten label in black ink. On underside

Exhibitions +

"The Other Treasure": The Dauphin’s Cases
10.03.2020 - 14.02.2021

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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