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Octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos
Delabarre, Pierre (Circle of)
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Delabarre, Pierre (Circle of)

Octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos

Second third of the XVII century. Agate, Cowry, Chrysoprase, Enamel, Garnet, Bloodstone, Banded jasper, Lapis lazuli, Olivine, Onyx, Fire opal, Gold, Silver-gilt, Prasiolite

An octagonal coffer whose surface is sumptuously decorated with enameled gold floral motives that link the one hundred fifty-two cameos on the piece´s lid and body. This coffer is a good example of Parisian late mannerist style, and of the practice of collecting in France at that time, as it first belonged to Cardinal Mazarino (1602-1661), prime minister to King Louis XIV (1638-1715). Upon his death, it was purchased for the collection of the Dauphin of France. While they appear to be placed in an arbitrary manner, with purely esthetic motives, the cameos may actually follow a decorative program, as some of them represent the main gods and heroes of classical Antiquity. Most date from the sixteenth century and were made in Italy, although some may be considered older. This work was brought to Spain by King Felipe V (1683-1746) as part of his inheritance and is part of the group of decorative arts known as The Dauphin´s Treasure, kept at the Prado Museum.

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Delabarre, Pierre (Circle of)
Octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos
Second third of the XVII century
Gilded; Carving / A carved sculpture; Enamelled; Carved
Agate; Cowry; Chrysoprase; Enamel; Garnet; Bloodstone; Banded jasper; Lapis lazuli; Olivine; Onyx; Fire opal; Gold; Silver-gilt; Prasiolite
Height: 12.5 cm.; Width: 19.8 cm.; Base/bottom: 12.8 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las alhajas del Delfín, Madrid, 1954, pp. 64-69.

Alcouffe, Daniel, The Collection of Cardinal Mazarin's Gems, The Burlington magazine, The Burlington Magazine Publications Ltd., 1974, pp. 514, 516-526.

Gil, Cristina, El Tesoro: Una maravilla barroca perdida en el Museo del Prado, 1985/02/24, pp. 14-16.

Departamento Didáctico-Pedagógico, Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989, pp. 1-8.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989, pp. 64-69.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, Nuevas noticias sobre las 'Alhajas del Delfín' (II), Boletín del Museo del Prado, 13, 1992, pp. 21-36.

Castellucio, Stéphane, Le partage de la prestigieuse collection du Grand Dauphin. La Part de Philippe D'Espagne, 2000, pp. 67.

Arbeteta Mira, Leticia, 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. 346-347.

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 12.
Cofre ochavado

Exhibitions +

El Real Alcazar de Madrid
14.09.1994 - 13.11.1994

Update date: 18-04-2018 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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