Inventory number
O00032
Author
Delabarre, Pierre (French)
Title
Octagonal coffer with engraving and cameos
Chronology
1624-1645
Technique
Dorado; Entalladura [madera a la fibra]; Esmaltado; Tallado
Support
Tejido
Material
Steel
Dimensions
12,5 cm x 19,7 cm x 12 cm
School
Francesa
Theme
Mitología
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

An octagonal coffer whose surface is sumptuously decorated with enameled gold floral motives that link the one hundred fifty-two cameos on the piece's lid and body. This coffer is a good example of Parisian late mannerist style, and of the practice of collecting in France at that time, as it first belonged to Cardinal Mazarino (1602-1661), prime minister to King Louis XIV (1638-1715). Upon his death, it was purchased for the collection of the Dauphin of France.

While they appear to be placed in an arbitrary manner, with purely esthetic motives, the cameos may actually follow a decorative program, as some of them represent the main gods and heroes of classical Antiquity. Most date from the sixteenth century and were made in Italy, although some may be considered older.

This work was brought to Spain by King Felipe V (1683-1746) as part of his inheritance and is part of the group of decorative arts known as The Dauphin's Treasure, kept at the Prado Museum.

 
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