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Jasper bowl with cameos on the cover and foot
Taller italiano (?); Ladoireau, Pierre
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Taller italiano (?)
Ladoireau, Pierre
1679, 1716

Jasper bowl with cameos on the cover and foot

s XV - XVI century. Agate, Chalcedony, Enamel, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Gold, Vitreous paste Room 079B

This vessel had a pair, now lost (I1416), which must have been very similar and by the same hand as O37, the work of the silversmith Pierre Ladoyreau or Ladoireau, who made part of the silver furnishings at Versailles. It comprises two pieces of red jasper and two large mounts with twenty cameos. The body is in the form of a bowl with a diminished arch profile, a round mouth, and a lobulated ring in the form of a flower attached to the bottom. The cover is gold, with overlays of ribbons and leaves in gold with white enamel and touches of black and purple, together with translucent green. Set into the brim are five large vertical cameos and five smaller horizontal ones with mythological scenes. In the centre is a jasper disc with a small head for a finial, also in coloured jasper, representing an exotic figure with a reddish turban. Arbeteta proposed that the mark on the support ring should be identified as that of the fermier (assay master) Jacques Léger (active from October 1687 to December 1691).

There are five uniform cameos on the cover in agate of two colours that belong to the same series of marine mythological scenes. The large cameos represent various figures and are all Renaissance pieces from the Italian school, except perhaps for one male portrait which could be French. On the foot are several cameos in various stones, including a bust of jasper and opal, and a female bust with a honey-coloured vein of which advantage is taken for the hair and dress. On the back is a Diana of Ephesus on an ancient carved gem, and another from the same period with a warrior and, possibly, Pallas as his protector. This is behind the cameo showing a man dressed as a knight in the style of Philip II, which forms a pair with a lady dressed in the same style. In 1680, Charles Mavelot published a book of ciphers or initials for the higher nobility, which he dedicated to the Dauphin. It contains patterns of subtly interlaced leaves that are strongly reminiscent of those overlaid on this vessel, within the style of Le Clerc and Berain. A group of pieces in the Dauphin’s Treasure presents a markedly uniform appearance, and although they are marked by different silversmiths, their designs could well come from the same artist. Decorated with the same stylistic criterion within the movement known as feuillages, they are also made with a similar technique: a perforated silver mount with overlays of shaped and enamelled gold, a predominantly opaque white background, and the occasional touch of colour on green leaves, petals or ribbons. Mounts in this style are found in the Louvre on works like the display cabinet in the form of a classical temple, OA 5379, with copious feuillage mounting; the high cup, MR 466, with enamelled feuillage on the knop, stem and foot; MR 133, with a gold mermaid for a handle; and another mermaid in white enamel on vessel MR 114, which also has a large foot and a lip in the form of an eagle’s head. N290, an ancient vase, also has a lip simulating an eagle’s beak, though larger in this case and attached to the neck of the vase. The foot, handle and cover are all decorated in feuillage with cameos.

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, HF0835/18 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
O000035
Author
Taller italiano (?); Ladoireau, Pierre
Title
Jasper bowl with cameos on the cover and foot
Date
s XV - XVI century (Body); 1687 - 1689 (Adornments)
Technique
Chased; Enamelled; Carved; Mounted / set
Medium
Agate; Chalcedony; Enamel; Jasper; Lapis lazuli; Gold; Vitreous paste
Dimension
Height: 12.8 cm.; Diameter: 15.5 cm.; Weight: 646 g.; Diameter of the base: 10.5 cm.
Series
Tesoro del Delfín
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 74-75.

Cruz Valdovinos, Jose Manuel, Plateria Europea en España 1300-1700, Fundacion Hispano, Madrid, 1997, pp. 371-373.

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. 323-324.

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. 27.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 119.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 9.
Un genero de cuenco vajo

Exhibitions +

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

Platería europea en España
Madrid
15.10.1997 - 15.12.1997

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

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

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