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Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
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Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon

Ca. 1600. Alabaster, Lapis lazuli, African marble, White marble, Polychrome marble, Paragone. Not on display

This tabletop belonged to Rodrigo Calderon, secretary to Philip III, who seems to have acquired it by somewhat unethical means. Its decoration of military motifs suggests that it is related to the victory at Lepanto. After Calderon´s death in 1621 it was acquired by Philip IV at the posthumous sale of his possessions. The table is supported by four bronze lions, three of them commissioned by Velazquez in Italy in 1651, as were those used for the Tabletop of Philip II (O00452). The fourth lion of this table is a bronze copy made in 2004 to replace the damaged lead one made in 1837, which in turn replaced the original damaged in the fire at the Alcazar in 1734.

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Inventory number
O000448
Author
Roman Sculptor
Title
Tabletop of don Rodrigo Calderon
Date
Ca. 1600
Technique
Inlay
Medium
Alabaster; Lapis lazuli; African marble; White marble; Polychrome marble; Paragone
Dimension
Height: 6 cm.; Width: 263 cm.; Base/bottom: 133 cm.; Weight: 585 Kg.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Real Alcázar, Madrid, pieza nueva sobre el zaguán y puerta principal del palacio, 1636, s.n.; Real Alcázar, En las bóvedas de la Priora, 1686)

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Giusti, Anna Maria, Pietre Dure. Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations, Philip Wilson Publishers, 1992.

González-Palacios, Alvar, Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2001, pp. 69-73, nº 5.

Gisbert, María Isabel, Vocabulario de mármoles arqueológicos en las mesas de piedras duras del Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XX, 2002, pp. 111-128.

Navarrete, Benito, Carreño de Miranda en el Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, 2015, pp. 70 f.29.

Barbeitio, J. M, De arte y arquitectura. El Salón de los Espejoa en el Alcázar de Madrid, Boletín del Museo del Prado., XXXIII, 2015, pp. 24-43 [34].

Martínez Leiva, Gloria. Rodríguez Rebollo, Angel, El inventario del Alcázar de Madrid de 1666. Felipe IV y su colección artística., Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 2015, pp. 313 nº 247.

Garcia Cueto, David, 'Potere e distinzione . I marmi policromi italiani nella Spagna del Seicento' En: Splendor marmoris: i colori del marmo, tra Roma e l'Europa, De Luca editori d'arte,, 2016, pp. 197-218 [199 f.2].

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Inv. Felipe IV, Alcázar de Madrid, 1636. Núm. s. n..
Pieça nueva sobre el Çaguan y puerta Prinçipal de el Palaçio [...] [435] Bufete. Otro bufete de marmol campo negro, nueue pies de largo, y en el diferentes grutescos y despojos de guerras de diferentes colores y con pedestal de marmol de Toledo y en medio un obalo grande de marmol, que parece agata, y se trujo de la dicha almoneda [de Don Rodrigo Calderón].

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 510.
"510. Una mesa de mosaico con varios/ trofeos militares alusivos á la/ batalla de Lepanto, y en el centro un/ gran obalo de alabastro de aguas/ sostenido por cuatro leones; los tres/ de bronce y uno de plomo, apoyada/ una garra de cada uno en una/ bola de jaspe morado. / Largo 9 pies, 3 pulg. / Ancho 4 pies, 8 pulg, 6 lin."

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Update date: 30-04-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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