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Case for tortoise boat

1570 - 1590. Leather, Wood, Metal, Velvet Room 079B

The case is one of the most interesting in the whole collection. It is very unusual because of its decoration and the presence of four embossed gold oval medallions representing classical-type male heads. Known as “cameos”, such adornments had been fashionable in Italian bookbinding since at least 1484. Arbeteta found a parallel example at Skokloster Castle in Bålsta, near Stockholm, inv. 97, created for a vessel that was attributed by Distelberger to the Miseroni workshop. Case lined externally in leather with tooled decoration of embossed gold oval medallions representing male heads of the classical type, and internally with green velvet. Metal clasps (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Tortoise boat
Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, Ca. 1570
Inventory number
Case for tortoise boat
1570 - 1590
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Velvet
Height: 10.5 cm.; Width: 13 cm.; Base/bottom: 10 cm.; Weight: 640 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; 197.

Arbeteta, L. Azcue, L., El Tesoro del Delfín, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2018, 2018.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 392.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 55.
Otra Copita en forma de Barco, con unas Figuras al reedor su pie, y en él un Galapago todo de Christal de Roca, con tres guarniciones de Color de oro, esmaltado de diferentes Colores, y tiene por la Proa doce dedos de alto. Con Caja de Tafilete negro.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 87.

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 21-02-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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