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Gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head
Workshop of the Sarachi; Anonymous
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Workshop of the Sarachi

Gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head

1600 - 1620. Diamond, Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, Silver gilt, Ruby, Serpentine, Spinel Room 079B

A vessel made up of five pieces, the body of serpentine and the rest of heliotrope. By means of a silver gilt volute and a circle of rubies and diamonds in the form of a collar, an eagle’s head has been added, its feathers repeated on the enamel of the mount, which also features a string of gemstones. The stem rests on a flat foot. This part is enriched by four mounts with feuillages, and another ring of rubies and diamonds encircling the base of the stem. On the foot is a pattern of ribbons and leaves in the Parisian style. To judge by the type of mount, the piece was assembled in about 1680, taking advantage of an earlier vessel in the form of an oil lamp, in the style of some products from the Prague court. The eagle’s head, similar to others attributed to the Miseroni workshop, may in fact be a piece from the Sarachi workshop.

Numerous holes in the metal indicate the earlier presence of lost overlays. Of the 88 stones on the vessel in 1746, twenty remain today, including rubies and a spinel as well as twenty diamonds. The emeralds that originally decorated the piece are now lost.

The Museo del Prado has the phoptography by Juan Laurent y Minier Grande tasse, nero antico et jaspe sanguin, montures d’argent, or et pierreries, XVIe siècle, règne de Charles IX, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/17 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Workshop of the Sarachi; Anonymous
Gadrooned cup with an eagle’s head
1600 - 1620; Ca. 1680
Chased; Enamelled; Carved
Diamond; Enamel; Bloodstone; Gold; Silver gilt; Ruby; Serpentine; Spinel
Height: 33.2 cm.; Width: 35.3 cm.; Base/bottom: 26.5 cm.; Weight: 3686 g.; Ancho base: 11.2 cm.; Bottom of the base: 15 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 90.

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. 128-129.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 37.
Otro vaso grande en forma de concha, y un pico grande; y adonde haze la forma de concha, una caveza de Aguila, vasa y pie, de piedra Diaspero sanguino: tiene el pie, vasa y la caveza guarnezido de plata algo tallada; el del pie, picado de Zapa, liso, y dorado, sobrepuestas de oro unas piezas de hojas, cartones, cintas y engarces; y en la vasa y remate quatro orlas, guarnezido todo con quarenta y quatro Diamantes delgados, y algunas rosas de varios tamaños, con veinte y un rubies por qe. le falta otro en el pie con el engaste: el maior es de cinco granos, y medio de area, otro de quatro granos, y dos terzios, y los restantes de varios tamaños; y con treze rubies valagues, y cinco espinelas de distintos tamaños; quatro esmeraldas, [...] con el dorado la piedra de dho vaso y la caja bale...

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 12-02-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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