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Jasper and chalcedony tazza with garlands
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Jasper and chalcedony tazza with garlands

XVI century. Chalcedony, Enamel, Jasper, Gold Room 079B

This vessel, whose lip has been damaged since 1746, is made up of three pieces of jasper and chalcedony and three enamelled gold mounts. The interior of the bowl is smooth. The exterior has an upper moulding and, arranged radially around the base, a bas-relief ring from which sixteen double gadroons rise to two levels, surmounted by schematised palmettes or scallop shells. The trapezoidal stem presents sharp edges and deep vertical grooves, while the round foot of chalcedony has concentric mouldings and a double socle. The mounts are of enamelled gold with ribbons and laurels for both rings. Hanging down are three fine garlands of flowers and leaves enamelled in blue, purple and green, bound by white scrolls and purple and sky blue ribbons. At the bottom of the stem are green oak leaves and white leaves with black berries, and overlaid on the first socle of the foot is a green, blue and white ring.

Owing to the characteristics of the designs and their resemblance to the mount beneath the star-shaped vessel O33 at the Museo del Prado, Arbeteta attributed the delicate mounting to the Paris school, dating it to the first third of the 17th century. The quality and design of the body of the tazza recalls some of the rock crystal work from the workshops of Milan, where similar decorative themes are found. There are also points of contact between the adornment on the foot and the peculiar fluted stem of a glazed ceramic candlestick at the Musée du Louvre, MR 2405, made to the canons of the School of Fontainebleau and inspired by models by Etienne Delaune. An engraving in the Candlesticks series by Enea Vico could also be a precedent for these bucrania and garlands.

The state of the work in the 19th century can be seen through the photography of Juan Laurent y Minier, "Coupe ornée de festons, agate, calcédoine à teintes variées, montures d’or et émaux, XVIIe siècle, règne de Henri IV", c. 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/4 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Jasper and chalcedony tazza with garlands
XVI century (Tazza); 1600 - 1630 (Mounting)
Enamelled; Carved
Chalcedony; Enamel; Jasper; Gold
Height: 21.2 cm.; Diameter: 24.5 cm.; Weight: 1471 g.; Diameter of the base: 12 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 29.

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. 252, 253.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 8.

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 02-05-2019 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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