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Cylindrical crystal jar with lid
Anonymous; Roberday, François I
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Roberday, François I
París, 1651

Cylindrical crystal jar with lid

1200 - 1230. Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz, Silver gilt Room 079B

A jug comprising various pieces of crystal and six adornments in gilded silver. The glass case of a reliquary, possibly Rhenish, has been used for the body, to which a base has been added, decorated with swirling flutes, all joined together with a late mannerist adornment, in a style that some specialists associate with the circle of the silversmith François Roberday. This type of vessel, with a handle that extends down the whole length of the body, a more or less cylindrical container and a hinged lid with a crown, are typical of the Germanic area.

Owing to its great value, objects made of crystal were often reused to make new pieces, becoming part of works that could assumme a different appearance, and sometimes a new function. For example, one of the pieces making up this water jug, attached to the lid as a crowning detail, may have originally belonged to a chess set.

The Museo del Prado has the photograph by Juan Laurent Minier, Vase cylindrique, cristal de roche taillè et gravè, montures d’argent dorè, XVIe siècle, règne de François Ier, ca. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/34 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Anonymous; Roberday, François I
Cylindrical crystal jar with lid
1200 - 1230; XVI century; 1600 - 1650
Chased; Sculpted; Cast; Carved
Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz; Silver gilt
Height: 25.9 cm.; Width: 19 cm.; Base/bottom: 10 cm.; Weight: 1383 g.; Diameter of the base: 8.9 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Gil, Cristina, El Tesoro: Una maravilla barroca perdida en el Museo del Prado, 1985/02/24, pp. 14-16.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 119.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, Nuevas noticias sobre las 'Alhajas del Delfín' (II), Boletín del Museo del Prado, 13, 1992, pp. 21-36.

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. 189-190.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 109.
Jarro con su tapa de cristal de roca...

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 21-02-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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