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Heliotrope cup with two gold masks

1600 - 1650. Bloodstone, Gold. Room 079B

Vessel made up of three pieces of heliotrope and four gold mounts. The bowl has an oblong mouth and four broad gadroons separated by four narrower ones. It opens out towards the middle to become slightly bell-shaped. At each end, two male masks in chased gold hold a rope pattern ring in their mouths. It is attached to the stem by means of a gold mount with incised floral decoration and C-shaped adornments. The bulbous stem is decorated with helicoidal gadroons and with foliage at the base. A gold ring joins this structure to the foot, with a gadrooned socle and a bell-shaped plinth meeting the ends of the gadroons. In 1918, a gold mount that ran all around the lip, decorated with incised garlands of flowers, was torn off, causing great damage. Another part that disappeared was the flange on the foot, with denticles, gadroons and rope patterns, which gave the vessel different proportions.

Angulo pointed out the stylistic concidence with vessel O49 of the Dauphin’s Treasure, patent especially in the knop and the material used, heliotrope. The proportions of both vessels are Baroque, though restrained, and the detail of the gadroons recalls the Milanese tradition. Mounts

The mount of the lip, with decoration engraved in the gold like that of O23 and the vanished cover of O30, recalls different examples made in France, especially Paris. Although the masks evoke Italian taste, Arbeteta pointed out that there was another piece in the Dauphin’s Treasure that may have had some relation to this one, with a gold mount following classicist designs similar to some of Jean Bérain’s projects for fountains and decorative panels.

The Museo del Prado has the phptograph by Juan Laurent y Minier´s photography: Coupe lobulée, montures d’or ciselé, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri III , hacia 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/2 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Heliotrope cup with two gold masks
1600 - 1650 (Vessel); 1650 - 1700 (Adornment)
Chased; Carved
Bloodstone; Gold
Height: 18.9 cm.; Width: 20 cm.; Base/bottom: 14 cm.; Weight: 1305 g.; Ancho base: 6.2 cm.; Bottom of the base: 7.4 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 96-97.

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. 300-301.

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. 16.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 105.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 25.
Vaso grande arminellado con su vasa, y pie de piedra sanguina guarnezido todo de oro

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 10-03-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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