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Case for vase in the shape of a dragon or caquesseitão

1550 - 1600. Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth 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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Case for vase in the shape of a dragon or caquesseitão
1550 - 1600
Moulded; Dyed; Gilt tooling; Tanned
Leather; Wood; Metal; Cloth
Height: 28 cm.; Width: 22 cm.; Base/bottom: 11 cm.; Weight: 437 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; 227.

Other inventories +

Inv. Museo de Artes Decorativas. Núm. 391.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 70.
Un Vasso de hechura de Dragón con su Caveza de encage, alas, Cola y pie todo de Christal de Roca gravado con dos guarniciones de color de Oro Esmaltado, que inclusa la Caveza tiene trece dedos de alto, y Caja de Tafilete negro.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 96.
Jarro de cristal de roca en forma de sierpe

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 060 (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 06-03-2020 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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