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Heliotrope jug with spout
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Heliotrope jug with spout

Ca. 1610. Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, Pearls, Silver gilt Room 079B

Belongs to a set of two ewers with accompanying basins, part of the Treasure: O24 to O27. Like its counterpart, this jug has a deep, bell-shaped body with a hemispherical base, from which a spout with a sloping upper plane emerges. The mount takes the form of a grille supporting an S-shaped handle with a mascaron, leaves and scrolled designs. There are also enamelled gold appliqués of leaves and flowers, over which pearls have been threaded, some of which are now missing. Its size is suggestive of what are known as “spouted jugs”, typical in the Spanish-speaking world.

A spouted jug made by Pedro de Zubieta, dating from 1585-1587 and now at the church of San Juan Bautista in Marchena, Seville, has a similar body profile, although the moulding is located on the upper third of the body, rather than defining the base and sides of the vessel, as with the Prado’s examples.

The state of the work in the 19th century can be seen through the photography of Juan Laurent y Minier, "Vase agate sardoine, montures d’or avec émaux et pierreries, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri II", c. 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/31 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Inventory number
Workshop of the Miseroni
Heliotrope jug with spout
Ca. 1610
Chased; Enamelled; Carved; Mounted / set
Enamel; Bloodstone; Gold; Pearls; Silver gilt
Height: 17.5 cm.; Width: 19 cm.; Base/bottom: 10 cm.; Weight: 788 g.; Diameter of the base: 7.8 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 50-53.

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso: retrato y escena del rey, Patrimonio Nacional; El Viso, Madrid, 2000.

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. 119-122.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 85.
Una fuente con su jarro

Exhibitions +

Intercambio por las Colecciones Reales Españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras
09.07.2001 - 16.09.2001

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso. retrato y escena del rey
La Granja
15.06.2000 - 15.10.2000

El Real Alcazar de Madrid
14.09.1994 - 13.11.1994

Du Duc D´Anjou a Philippe V
05.04.1993 - 27.06.1993

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 21-02-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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