The Decorative Arts

Over the course of its history the Museo del Prado has acquired works other than paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Among them, the most important are the items of decorative arts from the royal collection that comprise the so-called "Dauphin’s Treasure", exhibited together in one gallery in the Museum. Many other objects which are less well known but no less important are on display in various galleries around the building.

Among the pieces of furniture in the collection are the 18th-century pietra dura tables and consoles which reflect Charles III’s passion for this technique, and the 15th- and 16th-century cassone or wedding chests purchased by the Museum in 1966.

The Pedro Fernández Durán Bequest of 1930 brought the Museum important pieces of 17th- to 19th-century furniture, Talavera ceramics, Alcora pottery, Buen Retiro porcelain, Andalusian glass and glass made at La Granja de San Ildefonso, Chinese Export porcelain, Meissen, Sèvres and Niderville, enamels, miniature portraits, fans, 16th- to 19th-century Spanish embroideries, 15th- to 17th-century Flemish tapestries and a large number of weapons.

Almost the entire collection of Spanish medals entered the Museum as part of the Pablo Bosch y Barrau Bequest of 1915. This included more than 900 medals from all the European schools and several hundred coins.

 
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