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Salver of lapis lazuli
Royel, Jean (?); Workshop of the Miseroni
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Royel, Jean (?)
Workshop of the Miseroni

Salver of lapis lazuli

Ca. 1600. Lapis lazuli, Silver gilt Room 079B

This footed tray is a presentation salver that forms a pair with O-60 of the Dauphin’s Treasure. Both are made from a single piece of lapis lazuli. It has a round, flat-bottomed bowl, low sides and a short turned stem resting on a small foot. A silver mount runs around the rim. Its profile, simple as it is, points to a work made in Milan, perhaps close to the Miseroni. It bears the hallmark, IR, of the silversmith Jean Royel. In the inventory of the Grand Dauphin’s collection at Versailles, no mounting is described for either salver, though it may have been added after the inventory was completed in 1689. Silver rings of this type, based on the designs of Jean Bérain the Elder (1640-1711), consist of an internal band of palmettes and an external one of gadroons separated by mouldings.

The French system of silver marking in the 17th century differed from the one used in Spain. In the course of manufacture, French pieces were marked when they were sent for charge and discharge upon completion of the work, the object being to guarantee the quality of the metal and ensure payment of the corresponding taxes, and they also received the hallmark of the silversmith who had made them. Preserved on the mount of this salver are the marks of both the silversmith, Jean Royel, and the fermier or assay master, Pierre Pointeau (active from December 1691 to January 1697), which shows it had not been charged previously (L. Arbeteta, in press).

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Royel, Jean (?); Workshop of the Miseroni
Salver of lapis lazuli
Ca. 1600 (Salver); Ca. 1689 (Adornment)
Chased; Moulded; Carved
Lapis lazuli; Silver gilt
Height: 5.4 cm.; Diameter: 24.1 cm.; Weight: 843 g.; Diameter of the base: 6 cm.
Tesoro del Delfín
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Ciervo, Joaquín, El Tesoro del Delfín. Alta orfebrería venida a España en 1734, Anuari de les Arts Decoratives, XV, 1923, pp. 150, 172.

Verlet, Pierre, Les gemmes du Dauphin, Art de France. Revue annuelle de l'art ancien et moderne, 1963, pp. 153.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Catálogo de las Alhajas del Delfín, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1989 (ed.rev), pp. 105.

Arbeteta Mira, Leticia, 'Nuevas noticias sobre las 'Alhajas del Delfín' (I) Correspondencia entre los Inventarios de 1746, 1776 y catálogo de Angulo Iñiguez e identificación de un vaso desaparecido en 1815', Boletín del Museo del Prado., XII, 1991, pp. 22-23.

Cruz Valdovinos, Jose Manuel, Plateria Europea en España 1300-1700, Fundacion Hispano, Madrid, 1997, pp. 374-376, n. 129.

Arbeteta, Leticia, El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso: retrato y escena del rey, Patrimonio Nacional; El Viso, Madrid, 2000, pp. 47.

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. 200-201, N. 56.

Arbeteta Mira, Letizia, 'Asia en las colecciones reales españolas'. En:, Oriente en Palacio. Tesoros Asiaticos en las Colecciones Reales Españolas, Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 2003, pp. 195.

Arbeteta, Leticia, 'Manifattura milanese; Parigi, Jean Royel (?).Due sottocoppa'. En:, Lapislazzuli: magia del blu., Sillabe, Livorno, 2015, pp. 329 n.54.

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. 64.

Inv. Felipe V, La Granja, Tesoro del Delfín, 1746. Núm. 56.

Inv. Gabinete Historia Natural, 1776. Núm. 32.
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Exhibitions +

Lapislazuli. Magical Blue
09.06.2015 - 11.10.2015

Location +

Room 079B (On Display)

Update date: 06-03-2020 | Registry created on 03-12-2015

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