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Fluted goblet with a tall stem and rubies
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Fluted goblet with a tall stem and rubies

Ca. 1600. Moss agate, Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, Ruby. Room 079B

Goblet comprising three pieces of heliotrope and two adornments. The body has eight fluted grooves making up a rounded, multi-lobed mouth. The baluster stem is also decorated with convex flutes, but it has only four while the bell-shaped base reverts to eight. The body is joined to the stem by a convex adornment in gold, decorated with inlaid blue and red translucent enamelling together with opaque black, using a design of flowing stalks, carnations, leaves and stylised flowers. The adornment that joins the stem to the base comprises a moulding between two necks, with scrolls of inlaid black enamel and a row of rubies in rectangular settings. The pattern, uncommon in France, can be dated to around 1590-1600. It differs in design from all the other vessels in the ensemble, and the case is also unique.

Since 1918 it has lacked the cupula-shaped lid, somewhat smaller in diameter, made up of triangular segments joined by a mount with wide borders and ribbed strips which met at the top, with a decoration of irregular geometrical designs, in the Mannerist style, enlivened by touches of enamel. It was crowned by a small jug, also enamelled, and a bouquet of flowers that is still evident from the Laurent photograph and matches the hollow part of the case. The Granja de San Ildefonso inventory of 1746 mentioned 135 inlaid stones. There are currently eight rubies in the adornment joining the stem to the base, where an earlier sumptuous adornment similarly featured black enamelling of curling plants and stones arranged in a row. The state of the work in the 19th century can be seen through the photography of Juan Laurent y Minier, "Vase agate sardoine, montures d’or avec émaux et pierreries, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri II", c. 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/27 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Fluted goblet with a tall stem and rubies
Ca. 1600
Enamelled; Carved
Moss agate; Enamel; Bloodstone; Gold; Ruby
Height: 11.2 cm.; Diameter: 11 cm.; Weight: 144 g.; Diameter of the base: 4.3 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 20.

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. 159-160.

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

Other inventories +

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 338.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 32.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 78.
Vaso, hechura de taza

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 06-03-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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