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Porphyry vase with lid
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Porphyry vase with lid

Third quarter of the XVII century. Porphyry. Room 110

This vessel is made of porphyry, a material greatly valued since classical antiquity because of its rarity and great beauty for use in ornamental pieces intended for the palaces of nobility and members of the court. Its decoration with curved grooves and the double handles in the form of snakes correspond to a classicist tendency that merged models recouped from antiquity with esthetic motives belonging to the baroque. The collection of porphyry vessels in the Prado Museum consists of pieces Felipe IV purchased from Roman antique dealers via his ambassadors and viceroys, and at the nobility´s auctions.

This two-handled, lidded vase with striated decoration is, almost certainly, one of the six that decorated the Hall of Mirrors in the Alcázar in Madrid and is depicted on one of the side tables in that room in Juan Carreño de Miranda’s portrait of Charles II painted around 1673 (P-7100).

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Charles II
Oil on canvas, 1673
Inventory number
O000495
Author
Anonymous
Title
Porphyry vase with lid
Date
Third quarter of the XVII century
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
Porphyry
Dimension
Height: 86 cm; Width: 58 cm; Base/bottom: 42 cm; Weight: 135.2 Kg
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “salón de los espejos”, 1686, s.n.)

Bibliography +

González-Palacios, Alvar, Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 35-36.

Martínez Leiva, Gloria; Rodríguez Rebollo, Ángel, El inventario del Alcázar de Madrid de 1666. Felipe IV y su colección artística, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 2015, pp. 668 en CD p.721-722.

Other inventories +

Inv. Felipe IV, Alcázar de Madrid, 1686. Núm. s. n..
Salón de los espejos [...] Seis vrnas del mismo Porfido que los Bufetes vna sobre cada Bufete las dos mayores â manera de Jarrones yguales y las otras quatro a manera de tazas como cubiertas.

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 148.
148. Jarron de porfido con su tapa y estriado. / Alto 3 pies, 1 pulg.

Location +

Room 110 (On Display)

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Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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