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Oval agate platter with a cruciform motif
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Oval agate platter with a cruciform motif

XVII century. Agate Room 079B

An oval piece of agate in the form of a flat brimmed tray with rounded corners. Carved in low relief on the bottom is a cruciform motif with radial arms, a central pearl decoration, and inserted rows of beads. It had a large filigree mount that disappeared in 1815 after the looting of the Treasure during the Peninsular War.

The mount on the platter is described in the 1689 Versailles inventory as filigree of white silver with numerous silver gilt rosettes. If we compare the measurements given in the 1746 inventory of La Granja de San Ildefonso (approximately 36 cm) with its width today (18.5 cm), its importance becomes clear, since it considerably varied the volume of the piece. It ran all the way around the platter, with a broadening at the ends that would have included the holes for the handles. Although this point is not mentioned in the inventories, it can be deduced from an examination of the interior of the case, lined in padded silk, where the imprint of the original form of the piece is just visible in grazing light (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Case for oval agate platter with a cruciform motif
Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth, 1600 - 1711
Inventory number
Oval agate platter with a cruciform motif
XVII century
Height: 1.3 cm.; Width: 18.2 cm.; Base/bottom: 14.4 cm.; Weight: 237 g.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 107.

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. 171.

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

Other inventories +

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 30.
Vandejita de piedra agata

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Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 21-02-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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