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Gold tazza with turquoises and rubies
Ottoman workshop; Mughal workshop
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Ottoman workshop
Mughal workshop

Gold tazza with turquoises and rubies

1580 - 1630. Gold, Ruby, Turquoise. Room 079B

A vessel with a diminished arch profile, somewhat everted, and a round mouth, standing on a ring support. It is coated on the inside with a fine sheet of gold, and on the outside with a mosaic formed by 791 fragments of turquoise. The pattern consists of a band with a salient moulding running around the lip, and a latticed field of stalks, leaves and flowers, similar to that on vessel O-70 of the Dauphin’s Treasure but here denser, with four engraved gold mandorlas and fleurons with a structure similar to those of the low tazza, O-71, and the perfume pan stolen in 1918. Set into each of the flowers is a ruby cabochon, 160 in all, with the gold worked in accordance with the Kurdan technique. The base presents nielloed decoration with a high-quality arabesque pattern. Similar pieces are preserved at the Louvre, one of which came from the Mazarino collection, and also at the British Museum and the Topkapi Museum.

The different inventories of the Dauphin’s Treasure describe this piece as a double tazza, perhaps because of its double coating. Curiously, however, the imprint left inside the case suggests it might have had another tazza as a lid.

The nielloed pattern on the base is related to 17th century pieces like the reliquary of the mantle of Mohammed, preserved at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul.

The Museo del Prado has the photograph by Juan Laurent y Minier, Tasse moresque, à fleurons avec des grenats enchâsses, XVIe siècle, règne de François 1er, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/23 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Ottoman workshop; Mughal workshop
Gold tazza with turquoises and rubies
1580 - 1630
Chased; Repoussé; Mounted / set; Stippled / dotted; Niello; Kundan
Gold; Ruby; Turquoise
Height: 8.2 cm.; Diameter: 14.5 cm.; Weight: 355 g.; Diameter of the base: 6.1 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 114.

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. 151.

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. 38.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 27.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 28.
Una taza grande de oro con su pie tallado, con unas hojas, y flores de medio reliebe, picado de Zapa, guarnezido con ciento, y sesenta y ocho rubies caujones de varios tamaños setecientas ochenta y quatro turquesas del mismo genero, y dentro otra taza lisa pegado al antecedente, y regulado el oro, tiene doze onzas y media ochava, que descontadas las piedras y pez, se reguló en nueve onzas poco mas o menso todo vale 3.664...4.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 28.
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 [...] 28. Una taza grande de oro con su pie tallado con unas hojas y flores de medio relieve, picado de Zopa guarnecido con ciento sesenta y ocho rubies cavejones de varios tamaños: setecientos ochenta y cuatro turquesas del mismo genero, y dentro otra taza lisa pegada al antecedente, y regulado el oro tiene doce onzas y media ochava, que descontadas las piedras y pie se reguló en nueve onzas poco mas o menos.

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 08-07-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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