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Oval rock crystal vessel with gadrooned decoration
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Oval rock crystal vessel with gadrooned decoration

1550 - 1600. Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz Room 079B

A rock crystal vessel of which only the fragmented lower part remains. With a diminished arch profile and an oval mouth, it is cut relatively thick, following the pattern of a smooth upper band separated by mouldings and a gadrooned lower part. This is an evolution of the classical egg-and-dart model that is also found on the Rock crystal ewer with Narcissus and Echo at the Prado, O77. The oval foot is fairly low. According to the historic inventories, it had a broad mount on the edge of the cover with garlands of flowers and fruit bound by ribbons, enamelled in blue, green, white and red, and decorated with inset precious stones, specifically four diamonds and four rubies. The vessel had been badly damaged when it returned from Paris after the Peninsular War, and by then lacked both its rock crystal cover and its rich mounts.

The missing rock crystal cover perhaps had the same decorative pattern of gadroons and darts, as well as two gold mounts enamelled in green, blue, black and red and enriched with diamonds and rubies. It was crowned by a figure of Bacchus seated on grapes, also enamelled in white, green and black and decorated with four rubies, as described in the 1746 inventory carried out at La Granja de San Ildefonso (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Case for oval rock crystal vessel with gadrooned decoration
Leather, Wood, Metal, Cloth, 1690 - 1711
Inventory number
Oval rock crystal vessel with gadrooned decoration
1550 - 1600
Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz
Weight: 262 g.; Height: 6.5 cm.; Width: 13.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 9 cm.; Ancho base: 3.3 cm.; Bottom of the base: 4.6 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 150.

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. 166.

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. 34.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 35.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 120.
Un vaso aobado con su tapa y pie de cristal de roca agallonado y liso tiene en la tapa su guarnición de oro, compuesta de una lista aobada, y en ella unos festones de flores, fruta, hojas y cinta, esmaltado de azul, blanco, verde y rojo; a la parte de afuera agallonado, y encima por remate un muchado sentado sobre un genero de Peñasco, también esmaltado, con quatro engastes unidos, sobre ocho que tiene la misma pieza; el pie también esmaltado de verde, azul, negro y rojo los engastes guarnecidos conQuatro diamantes, uno de ellos delgado, y todos de varios tamaños, y ocho rubies, dos de a dos..

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 07-03-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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