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Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
Attributed to Metellino, Giovanni Battista
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Attributed to Metellino, Giovanni Battista


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Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle

1670 - 1689. Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz, Gold.
Room 079B

A vessel formed by four pieces of rock crystal and a gold mount. Seen from the front, the sides rise parallel to each other, while emerging on one side is a fold that forms the spout. The upper plane of the mouth is cut on a slight inclination, with the lip of the spout at the highest point. On the opposite side, a thick S-shaped handle with carved foliage, mouldings and ova rises above the mouth, while the lower part rests on the back of the body. The foot is joined by a gold mount with incised vegetable decoration to a thick knop decorated with leaves in relief. The engraved decoration consists of spiral patterns on the flange of the foot and a set of volutes with foliage, petals and rows of seeds, with stylised eagles or phoenixes among them, while the area near the lip has two floral sprays and the occasional insect.

Vessel O99 at the Prado, coarser in execution and also decorated with insects, is closely related to this ewer. Both maintain the structural pattern of the lipped pitcher, though they are a long way from the original models and the quality of earlier examples like piece O97 of the Dauphin’s Treasure. There are also vessels at the Louvre, like OA 31, which likewise correspond to the form of the lipped pitcher. The form of the handle has its precedent in a low tazza made by Gasparo Miseroni and preserved in the Museo degli Argenti, Inventario Gemme 1921, no. 501, dating from the second half of the 16th century. The same form is also preserved on vessel MR 277 in the Louvre. Two counterposed Cs, similarly ribbed, form the handles of a ewer at the Louvre, MR 474, which Distelberger attributed to the Milanese workshop of the Miseroni. At the Prado, there are similar handles on vessel O92, and the ribbed volutes appear again on the lower part of the half-woman creatures that form the handles of O93.

The poor quality of the rock crystal, with some black particles in it, indicates that the workshop where this piece was made was not one of the leading ones, or else that this was a more economical product. A strong decline is appreciable in comparison with the great works of the 16th century. The vessel is not cut with the level of subtlety attained by earlier examples, since the sides are rather thick and the polish and finish somewhat coarse and unrefined. The engraving, however, is technically proficient, though the design is poor, which indicates that the intagliatori of the workshop were better than the cristallari.

Original state: Juan Laurent y Minier, “Vase, cristal de roche taillé et gravé avec enchâssures d’argent doré, XVIe siècle, règne de Henri II”, c. 1879. Museo del Prado, HF0835/38.

Technical data

Inventory number
Attributed to Metellino, Giovanni Battista
Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
1670 - 1689
Chased; Carved; Engraved
Rock crystal / Hyaline quartz; Gold
Height: 26 cm; Width: 21.5 cm; Base/bottom: 11.4 cm; Weight: 894 g; Ancho base: 20 cm; Bottom of the base: 20.5 cm
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 160.

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. 310,311.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Tesoro del delfín. Una herencia de la familia real francesa' En:, Los tesoros ocultos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 248-276.

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

Azcue Brea, Leticia, Rarezas y lujo para deslumbrar: el Tesoro del Delfín., Ars & Renovatio.Centro de Estudios de Arte del Renacimiento, 7, 2019, pp. 504-519.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 93.
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 [...] 93. Otro jarro de cristal de roca que tiene pegada su asa, pie quebrado y despegado, en cuyo jarro se hallan abiertos unos ramos con dos pajaros, en el pie un engaste de plata dorada.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 93.
Otro Jarro de cristal de roca qe. tiene pegada su asa: pie quebrado, y despegado; en cuio Jarro se hallan abiertos unos ramos con dos Pajaros: en el pie un engarze de plata dorada vale 4.814.

Listado de objetos robados del Real Gabinete de Historia Natural en 1813 y devueltos en 1816. Núm. 93.
Otro Jarro de cristal de roca, que tiene pegada su asa, pie quebrado y despegado; en cuyo jarro se hallan abiertos unos ramos con dos pajaros: en el pie un engarce de plata dorada: vale...4.814 [Conforme]

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 112.
Un Aguamanil con su pie (sentido) y Asa todo de Christal de Roca gravado de ramos con una guarnicion al pie de color de oro, que inclusa el asa tiene quince dedos de alto, y Caja como la antecte. [de tafilete encarnado].

Agates, cristaux, procelaines, bronzes, et autres curiositez qui sont dans le Cabinet de Monseigneur le Dauphin a Versailles. Núm. 7 C.
Numº. 7 / Prix contant Pistoles 160 / Une grande Eguiere à cinq godrons avec son anse en console et gravée autour du corps de rinceaux d'où il sort quatre oiseaux Sur son pied ovale dont la patte est feslée, haute de huit pouces sans l'anse. / Valeur

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 30-04-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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