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CHALICE

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

The gilt bowl sits in a silver basket of fretwork with a daisy at each point where the fret intersects. There are four oval enameled medallions set in the fret, each surrounded by rose-cut brilliants. The medallions have enameled on them the following: 1. Christ blessing (inscribed: [transcription]), 2. St. John the Baptist (inscribed: [transcription]), 3. the Mother of God (inscribed: [transcription]) and 4. the Crucifixion (inscribed: [transcription] and [transcription]). Around the lip of the cup is engraved an inscription in Russian: "Accept the Body of Christ, taste of the Immortal Source." The wide base is decorated en repoussé with bow-knots, with garlands of fruits and flowers. There are four medallions in enamel, each surrounded by brilliants, these are painted in enamel with the following scenes: 1. Gethsemene, 2. Christ before the High Priest, 3. the Road to Calvary and 4. the Crucifixion. In each instance, Christ is identified with IC, XC. The baluster shaped knop has three elaborate rococo cartouches.

Object name:
CHALICE
Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt -- enamel
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
18th c.
Size:
31.1 x 12.5 cm (12 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.90
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973