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Foot and stem fittings of a glass with several missing figures
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Foot and stem fittings of a glass with several missing figures

1675 - 1700. Enamel, Gold, Epoxy. Room 079B

According to Laurent’s photographs, the vessel, a high cup made in about 1530-40, consisted of four pieces and four enamelled gold mounts, of which two remain. On the cover, among leaves, spirals and masks, there were three statuettes in white enamel of semi-nude women raising their left arms. Above, a half-length satyr with a Baroque (i.e. irregular) pearl on his breast held the women’s arms with vegetable garlands. According to the 1689 Versailles inventory, the finial it bore from 1815 until its theft consisted of a hemispherical piece of banded agate decorated with twisted gadroons and crowned by a gold flame enamelled in red. In summary, it formed part of a set of similar vessels identified by Alcouffe with those acquired by Francis I in about 1530, which could have been early products from the workshop of the Miseroni family, some of them inventoried as emerald plasma.

The material called emerald plasma was considered the most precious in any collection of gems. Many green minerals were regarded as plasma, and there was considerable confusion in this respect during the Middle Ages, so very few vessels can be clearly identified as being made from this mineral. However, there are a small number of vessels in various European museums (mainly in Madrid, Paris, Vienna and Florence) with the same characteristic, a stone of richly translucent green with tiny lemon-coloured marks, that were made by the same workshop. The stone common to this group is a type of jade now called omphacite.

The Museo del Prado has the phpotograph by Juan Laurent y Minier: Vase en jaspe, pied en pierre blanche vernie, montures d’or et émail, XVIe siècle, règne de Charles IX, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/16 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Foot and stem fittings of a glass with several missing figures
1675 - 1700
Enamelled; Carved
Enamel; Gold; Epoxy
Height: 14.8 cm.; Weight: 265 g.; Ancho base: 10.5 cm.; Bottom of the base: 9.9 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 94.

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. 130-131.

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. 364.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 15.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 67.
Un vaso á genero de copon con su tapa, vasa y pie de piedra blasma [sic], la que está hecha pedazos, varnizada, por lo que baja mucho su balor, guarnecida su tapa, vasa y pie de oro: la tapa tiene un satiro or remate, vajo el tres mujeres o NInfas, conuna especie de cadena de hojas, que las tiene presas de una mano: en los huecos tres mascarones; esmaltada en todohojas. Cartones y gallones de verde tranpaente, azul, blanco, negro y purpura: el pecho del satiro es un mascaron hueco.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 67.
Alhajas y efectos preciosos que se hallaban colocados en el Gabinete de Historia natural y trasladados al Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura de S. M., en virtud de Rl. orden de 11 de Mayo de 1839 [...] 67. Un vaso a genero de Copon con su tapa, base y pie de piedra blanca, la que está hecha pedazos, barnizada, por lo que baja mucho de su estimacion, guarnecida su tapa, base y pie de oro: la tapa tiene un Satiro por remate, bajo de el tres mugeres o Ninfas con una especie de cadena de hojas, que las tiene presas de una mano; en los huecos tres mascarones esmaltados en todo hojas, cartones y gallones de verde trasparente, azul, blanco, negro y purpura; el pecho del Satiro es un mascaron hueco: tendrá de oro doce onzas poco mas o menos.

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

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

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