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Heliotrope lipped ewers
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Heliotrope lipped ewers

Ca. 1610. Gilt-copper, Enamel, Bloodstone, Gold, Pearls, Silver gilt, Brass. Room 079B

This piece, which belongs to a set of two ewers with basins (O24 to O27), is a jug with a bell-shaped body and deep, hemispherical base, from which a spout with a sloping upper plane emerges. The mount takes the form of a grille, replacing the usual ribs of the lower part with pearl-laden leaves, a moulding in the lower third and uneven vertical strips bearing an S-shaped handle, with a mascaron, whorls and leaves. The volumes, together with the short neck and round base joined to the body, are linked to what have been termed Spanish “spouted jugs”, of which Cruz Valdovinos has made a major study.

In the case of this jug and O27, the spout is joined to the body by a curved flange, also to be found – as Arbeteta reports – in a jug at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, inv. CE 580, marked by Alonso Gutiérrez Villoldo, “el Mozo”, and dated between 1580 and 1600. The volumes of that piece, apart from the handle, are reminiscent of the Prado’s vessels, although the spouts of the latter are longer and less prominent, the body somewhat more stylised and the fluting or ribs have been replaced here by strips of leaves. The same arrangement is seen on other jugs with hemispherical bases, for example the late 16th century jug at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, which is perhaps the most similar in profile. Finally, there is a jug similar in shape in the treasury of Naples Cathedral, also mentioned by Cruz Valdovinos.

According to the inventory of the Treasure conducted in 1776, the jug was at that time adorned with 89 small pearls of which 37 are currently preserved. Appliqués to the handle and the adornment of the body are also missing. 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, HF0835/28 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Workshop of the Miseroni
Heliotrope lipped ewers
Ca. 1610
Chased; Enamelled; Carved; Mounted / set
Gilt-copper; Enamel; Bloodstone; Gold; Pearls; Silver gilt; Brass
Height: 17.2 cm.; Width: 18.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 10.2 cm.; Weight: 796 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. 50-53.

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 +

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 430.
Une eguiere de plusieurs pieces raportées de jaspe verd [...] haute de cinq pouces quatre lignes et de diametre trois pouces veuf lignes

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 11.
Una Caja ovalada forrada en tafilete encarnada, y dentro de ella quatro Piezas qe. son las Siguientes. Una Fuente de Piedra Verdosa Jaspeada con guarniciones, borde, y pie de color de oro, y Adornos esmaltados de lo mismo por la parte de arriva en que están engastados quarenta y tres Granos chicos, y grandes de Aljofar. Tiene una tercia, y nueve dedos de largo. Otra Fuente de la misma Piedra con el borde, pie y adornos que queda explicado en la antec.te. y quarenta, y nueve Granos crecidos en ellos de Aljofar. Tiene una tercia, y nueve dedos de largo. Dos Jarros con pico, y pie de la misma Piedra, que las dos Fuentes antecedentes, assas y guarniciones de color oro Esmaltado, el uno tiene sesenta, y siete Granos de Aljofar, y el otro ochenta y nueve, que todos componen Ciento, y [...]

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 85.
Una Fuente, con su Jarro, de Jaspe sanguino: la fuente compuesta de diez y siete piezas unidas con su engaste de Laton dorado a fuego con oro molido con sobrepuestos de oro, trabajados con ramos, hojas, y flores, esmaltados de blanco, negro, rojo, y verde, y guarnecida con quarenta y nueve granos de Aljofar: el Jarro tiene ocho piezas, su engaste, y su asa, son de plata dorada a fuego; los sobrepuestos de oro, esmaltados como el de la fuente, y guarnecido de ochenta y nueve granos de Aljofar, vale todo 5.000.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 85.

Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 17-07-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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