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Oval heliotrope platter
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Oval heliotrope platter

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

Oval platter made up of eighteen pieces of heliotrope joined by a gilt bronze frame and a recessed central body with cruciform motif around a central oval. Attached to the structure of the mounting are several overlays of enamelled gold, some now lost, adorned with thirty-seven pearls, of which twenty-five remain today. There is a similar platter at the Musée du Louvre, which suggests that it might have been exchanged for the polygonal platter O24, which accompanies this set. It forms part of the set of pieces from O24 to O27 at the Prado.

Some of the gold overlays of the mounting and about a dozen pearls are currently 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, HF0835/32 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Workshop of the Miseroni
Oval heliotrope platter
Ca. 1610
Chased; Enamelled; Carved; Mounted / set
Gilt-copper; Enamel; Bloodstone; Gold; Pearls; Silver gilt
Height: 5.2 cm.; Width: 43.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 35.3 cm.; Weight: 2734 g.; Ancho base: 12.2 cm.; Bottom of the base: 14.4 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.

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso: retrato y escena del rey, Patrimonio Nacional; El Viso, Madrid, 2000.

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. 429.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 11.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 85.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 86.
Alhajas y efectos preciosos que se hallaban colocados en el Gabinete de Historia natural y trasladados al Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura de S. M., en virtud de Rl. orden de 11 de Mayo de 1839 [...] 86. Otra fuente y jarro de jaspe sanguino compuesto de las mismas piezas, engastes y sobrepuestos que los del articulo precedente, solo se nota el ser la fuente algo mas grande, diferente la hechura del Engaste, y tener cuarenta y tres granos de aljofar, y el jarro sesenta y siete.

Exhibitions +

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

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso. retrato y escena del rey
La Granja
15.06.2000 - 15.10.2000

El Real Alcazar de Madrid
14.09.1994 - 13.11.1994

Du Duc D´Anjou a Philippe V
05.04.1993 - 27.06.1993

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 24-06-2020 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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