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The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)
The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)

The painting was given to Philip IV by Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1656. It is unusual for being painted on a vitreous paste called aventurine, which acts as the background to the composition. It [+]

Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso -Sculptor- (Replica Duquesnoy, François)
Sacred Love defeating Profane Love
Porphyry. Ca. 1630
Fedele, Tomaso -Sculptor- (Replica Duquesnoy, François)

This scene is notable for the technical difficulty involved in carving porphyry. It depicts two cherubs, one of whom represents Sacred Love and the other Profane Love. They are seen fighting and the f [+]

Ivory Christ on a Rock Crystal Cross
Silver gilt, Copper alloy, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Ivory. 1300 - 1330
Anonymous
Ivory Christ on a Rock Crystal Cross
Silver gilt, Copper alloy, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Ivory. 1300 - 1330
Anonymous

An ivory Christ with copper arms that were probably added at a later date. The cross consists of various pieces of rock crystal joined by metal rods covered with painted parchment. The clasps are of e [+]

Boy in a Toga
African marble, Red porphyry, Alabaster. XVI century
Anonymous
Boy in a Toga
African marble, Red porphyry, Alabaster. XVI century
Anonymous

This figure was restored in the seventeenth century or later to take the form of a young orator holding a scroll in his right hand. He wears an ornate toga with a horizontal contabulatio across the ch [+]

Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous

The head of this young man with soft features is made of black marble with a highly polished face, while the bust is of white alabaster. Belonging to a production modelled on works by Nicolas Cordier [+]

Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous

A piece created under the influence of Nicolas Cordier (1567-1612), a French sculptor and restorer resident in Rome who specialised in combining alabaster and marbles of various colours, and is consid [+]

Bonbonnière (Snuffbox)
Agate, Hard-paste, Metal. 1760 - 1765
Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
Bonbonnière (Snuffbox)
Agate, Hard-paste, Metal. 1760 - 1765
Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory

Small ornaments in the form of faces or animals were typical products of the period. These little boxes were used to hold beauty spots, snuff, mint sweets or pills to disguise bad breath, and so were [+]

The Grotto at Posillipo in Naples
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
The Grotto at Posillipo in Naples
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This mosaic was made at the Royal Laboratory of Gemstones of the Buen Retiro. It is based on a painting by Gaspare Vanvitelli (Gaspar van Wittel), P02463. [+]

Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Paragone, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop has a geometrical decoration with a large central oval framed by two volutes. The border combines ovals and diamonds with floral motifs. A similar type of decoration is to be found on th [+]

Tabletop
Marble, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster, Coral. Ca. 1570
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop
Marble, Hardstone, precious, Alabaster, Coral. Ca. 1570
Roman Sculptor

This is considered to be the earliest tabletop of this kind in Spain to judge from the materials used and the similarity of the decoration to other such tabletops in Florence (Museo degli Argenti). Th [+]

Autumn Landscape
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Autumn Landscape
Hardstone, precious. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Cuadro de piedras duras, seguramente realizado en los últimos años de actividad del Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro (1762-1808), bajo la dirección de Luis Poggetti. Este y otros cinc [+]

Fragment of boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. Ca. 1590
Anonymous
Fragment of boat-shaped rock crystal vessel with Neptune on a dolphin
Silver gilt, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. Ca. 1590
Anonymous

To go by the descriptions in the 17th and 18th century inventories of the Dauphin’s Treasure, and judging from the volumes of the interior of its case, this vessel, which was badly damaged during the [+]

Rock crystal vessel with spout and trefoiled handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1550
Anonymous
Rock crystal vessel with spout and trefoiled handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1550
Anonymous

A vessel made up of six pieces of rock crystal and six gold mounts enamelled in opaque white and translucent red. The ovate body is decorated with helicoidal gadroons and darts on the base, and the sa [+]

Rock crystal gondola with an enamelled mask on the prow
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1600
Delabarre, Pierre (Circle Of); Anonymous
Rock crystal gondola with an enamelled mask on the prow
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz, Enamel. Ca. 1600
Delabarre, Pierre (Circle Of); Anonymous

A vessel made up of three pieces of rock crystal and three enamelled gold mounts. The body is formed by a boat-shaped piece with a figurehead on the prow consisting of a mask with pointed ears and ram [+]

Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1670 - 1689
Metellino, Giovanni Battista (Attributed To)
Rock crystal ewer with a large scroll-shaped handle
Gold, Rock crystal / hyaline quartz. 1670 - 1689
Metellino, Giovanni Battista (Attributed To)

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 [+]

Salver of lapis lazuli
Silver gilt, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1600
Royel, Jean (?); Workshop Of The Miseroni
Salver of lapis lazuli
Silver gilt, Lapis lazuli. Ca. 1600
Royel, Jean (?); Workshop Of The Miseroni

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 [+]

Sardonyx cup with eagle's head
Gold, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Ágata sardónice, Enamel. 323 A.C. - 321 a.C.
Belle, Josias (?); Hellenistic Workshop (?); Taller Parisino
Sardonyx cup with eagle's head
Gold, Ruby, Diamond, Emerald, Ágata sardónice, Enamel. 323 A.C. - 321 a.C.
Belle, Josias (?); Hellenistic Workshop (?); Taller Parisino

The vessel, similar to O44, is formed by three fragments of agate and five enamelled gold mounts. The body is an ancient piece of stone with a broad gold mount on the edge decorated with an enamelled [+]

Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, precious, Ebony. 1650 - 1700
Anonymous
Semiprecious-stone box
Hardstone, precious, Ebony. 1650 - 1700
Anonymous

Florentine Mosaic is a technique in which semiprecious stones are cut and assembled so that their different colors and grains form a pictorial composition. This term reflects the fact that the techniq [+]

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