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Oval jasper bowl with fretwork stem

XVII century. Enamel, Jasper, Gold. Room 079B

This vessel combines stone elements originating from German mines with elegant adornments in enamelled gold characteristic of the Paris school. The body consists of a jasper bowl with an oval mouth and a section in the shape of a lowered arch. It has a large, bulbous node with bell-shaped extremities, all in enamelled gold fretwork, forming an airy structure of pointed leaves and diminishing beads, enamelled in opaque lilac, green and translucent red, on an incised and white background with red lines and black spots. The base is oval and bell-shaped, with a slightly recessed plinth, decorated with a narrow adornment of gold featuring small teeth enamelled in black and white, between small garlands of incised gold. The vessel may have been carved in Germany or Italy, somewhat earlier than the node, which lends bulk to its volume.

Similar pieces, originating from the royal French collection, are held at the Louvre, such as the goblet MR 118, the goblet OA 2034, the jug MR 241, the tray MR 242 and various other examples, all from the Mazerin collection. Each features adornments in gold, fretted and enamelled, with designs of pointed leaves, based on the models made popular by the Légaré brothers, Gédéon and Gilles, which include sketches for floral designs based on black commas and points to enliven the decoration of areas with opaque enamelling in light colours, preferably in white and sky blue, which are combined with soft translucent reds and greens. The work involved in the node of this vessel fully matches the characteristics described, with the typical pointed leaves and set of rounded hollows associated with the Paris school, as expressed by a series of models produced in 1625 by the engraver Moncornet and designed by Balthazar Lemercier, in addition to models by Pierre Delabarre and other artists, which emerged at around the same time. Various pieces in the Prado, such as O8, O11, O31 and O33, belong to the same style.

The state of the work in the 19th century can be seen through the photography of Juan Laurent Minier, "Salière, jaspe fleuri violacé, montures d’or émaillé. XVIIe siècle, règne de Henri IV”, ca. 1879, Museo del Prado, HF0835/30 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

Technical data

Inventory number
Oval jasper bowl with fretwork stem
XVII century (Body and base); 1625 - 1630 (Adornment)
Chased; Enamelled; Carved
Enamel; Jasper; Gold
Height: 10.7 cm.; Width: 13.2 cm.; Base/bottom: 7.1 cm.; Weight: 225 g.; Ancho base: 6 cm.; Bottom of the base: 5 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 34.

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. 246-247.

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

Other inventories +

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 92 A.
Numº 92 / Prix contant Pistoles 25. / Une Vase ovale en forme de Tasse de Jaspe d'Allemagne sur son pied de mesme qualité orné d'un balustre d'or emaillé á jour et le pied dudit Vase est terminé par bas aussi d'un cercle d'or emaillé de blanc, Haut de quatre pouces, long dans son ovale de quatre pouces neuf lignes et large de 2. pouces et demi. / Valeur

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 79.
Una Copa en forma de Barco con su pie todo de Piedra Diaspero, y dos guarniciones de color de oro Esmaltado, tiene seis dedos de alto, y Caja como la antecedente [de tafilete encarnado].

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 43.
Otro vaso abarquillado con su pie de piedra Diaspero oriental la vasa, y cerco del pie de oro, calada, y compuesta la vasa de unas piezas, y hojas esmaltadas de verde, azul, amarillo, blanco y negro; regulado en seis ochabas de oro, poco mas o menos, qe. con la piedra de dho vaso, y su caja vale 2.217...12.

Listado de objetos robados del Real Gabinete de Historia Natural en 1813 y devueltos en 1816. Núm. 43.
Otro vaso abarquillado con su pie de piedra diaspero oriental, la vasa y cerco del pie de oro calada y compuesta la vasa de unas piezas y ojas esmaltadas de verde azul, amarillo, blanco y negro , regulado en seis ochavas de oro poco mas ó menos, que junto con la piedra de dho vaso y su caja vale ... 2.217...12 [Conforme]

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 43.
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 [...] 43. Otro vaso abarquillado con su pie de piedra Diáspero Oriental; la base y circo del pie de oro calado y compuesta la base, las demas piezas y hojas esmaltadas de verde, azul y amarillo, blanco y negro, regulado en seis ochavosde oro poco mas o menos.

Inscriptions +

Scrap of paper. On underside

Scrap of paper. On underside


Exhibitions +

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

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 28-08-2021 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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