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Description The coat of arms on the base has not been identified, but the owner’s initials were "A.D." The family may not have been wealthy: the materials used would produce an appearance that looked more expensive than is the case. The chalice is made of copper that was plated with silver and then gilded. The enamel insets of a Man of Sorrows and a bishop would originally have added pleasing color accents. One might surmise that the chalice was donated to a local church with the hopes that the family’s good deed would be remembered in the prayers of the priests and by God on Judgment Day. A chalice might enter a princely collection if replaced by another of more recent (or splendid) design in the family chapel or on the family altar in a local church.
Date Description Narrative
Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/24/1964Treatmentcleaned; coated
10/22/2002Treatmentcleaned; coated; other; examined for exhibition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1500 (Renaissance)
gilded silver-plated copper with "basse-taille" and painted enamel
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Chalice H: 8 7/16 x W of base: 5 11/16 in. (21.5 x 14.4 cm); Medallions H: 1 3/4 x W: 1 9/16 in. (4.5 x 4 cm)


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