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Rock crystal cup of hexagonal form
Mayer, Johann Daniel
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Mayer, Johann Daniel

Augsburgo, 1662, 1675

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Rock crystal cup of hexagonal form

1662 - 1675. Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz, Enamel, Gold, Silver gilt, Ruby. Room 079B

A tall cup made up of four pieces of rock crystal and four silver gilt and enamelled gold mounts. The bowl, carved in six facets decorated with sprays framed within bands, rests upon a base with concave gadroons. The knop has six facets with engraved ovals, as does the stem, with rings whose size decreases towards the hexagonal gadrooned foot. Three ring mounts hold the bowl, knop and stem to the foot, which is embellished with a broad strip of silver gilt covered with gold overlays in the form of enamelled bouquets, and with a square cut ruby in the centre of each plane. The enamelled overlays are similar to those of vessel O54 of the Dauphin’s Treasure, also made in Augsburg. These works are attributed to Johann Daniel Mayer (active 1662-1675), a silversmith who was active in that city, like others preserved in the collection of Louis XIV and other collections.

The cover is missing. It had a broad mount on the edge, similar to that on the foot, and another as a finial, which correspond to a gap of seven centimetres in the case. Seventeen rubies were encrusted on these two missing mounts. The cover, carved in facets, had twelve rubies and ended in four crystal leaves and six grains of the same material forming a pyramid with five inset rubies. The case records the full volume of the vessel and has a specific compartment for the cover.

Original state: Juan Laurent y Minier, “Coupe, en cristal de roche taillé et gravé, montures d’argent doré avec appliques d’or et pierreries, XVIIe siècle, règne de Louis XIII”, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/38 (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Mayer, Johann Daniel
Rock crystal cup of hexagonal form
1662 - 1675
Enamelled; Carved; Mounted / set; Engraved; Esmerilado
Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz; Enamel; Gold; Silver gilt; Ruby
Height: 34.5 cm.; Diameter: 14.5 cm.; Weight: 1490 g.; Diameter of the base: 15.5 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 189.

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. 126,127.

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. 17.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 13.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 132.
Vaso hechura de caliz

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 132.
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 [...] 132. Otro vaso hechura de caliz con su tapa, remate y base y pie de cristal de roca, la copa o caliz seisabada abierta de unos ramos y agallonada: la base pie y tapa es tambien seisabada, en la tapa y pie tiene guarnicion de plata dorada, y sobrepuestas unas piezas de oro y engastes; lo del pie y tapa esmaltado de relieve unas hojas, flores y cartones de colores, los tres engastes de la boca de matiz, y dichas hojas, flores pie y tapa guarnecido de diez y nueve rubíes, el mayor de cuatro granos de area, tres de a tres y medio, y uno de a tres y cuarto, cinco de a tres, cuatro de a dos y [...]

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Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 30-06-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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