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Case for the lapis lazuli goblet with dragons and children
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Case for the lapis lazuli goblet with dragons and children

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.

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; 212

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Lapis lazuli goblet with enamelled dragons and boy
Enamel, Lapis lazuli, Opal, Gold, XVI century
Inventory number
O002981
Author
Anonymous
Title
Case for the lapis lazuli goblet with dragons and children
Date
XVII century
Technique
Moulded; Gilt tooling
Medium
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet
Dimension
Height: 26.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 24 cm.; Diameter: 42.3 cm.; Weight: 1589 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; 212.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 289.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 62.
Otr a Copa de hechura ovalada con su pie todo de Lapislazuli, mantenida de dos Dragones, y quatro Delphines, adornada con dos Niños, y quatro Conchitas, una guarnicion, y otros dos Dragones por asas, que ael uno de ellos le falta una Ala; todo de color de oro, y tiene diez dedos de alto; con Caja de Tafilete encarnado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 4.
Un vaso grande aobado hechura de taza, con su vasa, y pie de Lapislazuli, agovonado dho vaso, el pie en ondo con guarnicion de oro, la vasa con dos sierpes o Dragones con alas de las que falta una: dos muchachos quatro delphines, quatro conchas y quatro festones: por asas tiene dos Dragones tambiencon alas, una de estas falta, y otra está suelta; todo de oro esmaltado y pintado de colores: los ojos de los Dragones son Girasoles, y no pudiéndose tocar lo mas de ello, ni pesar se regulo por quinze onzas poco mas o menos, y vale con la piedra del expresado vaso y su caxa 22.312...10.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 12-03-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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