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Gadrooned jasper cup with cover
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Gadrooned jasper cup with cover

1550 - 1600. Jasper.
Room 079B

A vessel made up of two pieces of stone. The lower one consists of a high flared foot, a knop and a bowl with a diminished arch profile. The whole surface is carved with parallel gadroons, which broaden with the bowl to form a round polylobate mouth. Fitted onto this is the cover, rather flatter but carved in the same way. The gadroons converge on a small ball at the apex. The 1689 Versailles inventory already describes the cup as it is seen today, and dwells on the quality of the material, considered in the past to be “agate from Germany”, but identified as jasper in the gemological study of 1989. Arbeteta pointed out that its simplicity makes it difficult to determine its date or origin. As for the place where the piece was made, there is such a wide range of possibilities that it could be attributed with the same arguments to either Central European or Italian workshops.

The form of the cup recalls vessels made in the late Gothic period, of which there is an example in the Prado, the Rock crystal cup with cover and tall stem, O-84, attributed to Gasparo Miseroni. Studied by Alcouffe, this very delicately wrought object contrasts with the less elaborate aesthetics of the vessel analysed here. Because of their evident similarity, Arbeteta proposed a date of execution earlier than that given by Angulo, who put it at about 1600.

The Museo del Prado has the photograph by Juan Laurent y Minier, Vase agate, XVIIe siècle, règne de Henri IV, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/19.

Technical data

Inventory number
Gadrooned jasper cup with cover
1550 - 1600
Height: 11.2 cm; Diameter: 12.4 cm; Weight: 302 g; Diameter of the base: 6.5 cm
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 106.

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. 309.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

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

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Tortajada, Sonia, Sobre la identificacion de materiales pétreos el Tesoro del Delfín, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXXVII, 2019-2021, pp. 53-68 [65].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 48.
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 [...] 48. Otro vaso en forma de copon, con su tapa, pie y remate de piedra Ágata todo agallonado.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 48.
Otro vaso en forma de copon con su tapa, pie y remate de piedra Agata, todo agallonado vale 5.000

Listado de objetos robados del Real Gabinete de Historia Natural en 1813 y devueltos en 1816. Núm. 48.
Otro vaso en forma de copon con su tapa pie y remate de piedra agata todo gallonado, vale ... 5.000 [Conforme]

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 111.
Una Copa redonda con su pie, tapa, y remate de Piedra Agata toda acanalada sin guarnicion alguna, que incluso el remate tiene seis dedos, y medio de alto, y Caja de Tafilete encarndº.

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 55 A.
M. / Numº. 55 / Prix contant Pistoles 40 / Une Tasse ronde d'Agate d'Allemagne tres-belle couverte á quatorze godrons tant au corps, au couvercle, qu'au pied. Le couvercle est terminé par un petit bouton de mesme qualité. Ladite piece haute de quatre pouces et de diametre quatre pouces et demi. / Valeur 100.

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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