cup 900–1100 A.D.; stem, base, and mounts ca. 1655–60
Byzantine (cup) and French, Paris (stem, base, and mounts)
Sardonyx, gold, enamel, gem
4 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (12.4 x 13 x 7.3 cm)
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Byzantine luxury goods such as this hardstone cup were greatly coveted in western Europe. The cup was one of several Byzantine objects acquired by Louis XIV of France, whose artisans fitted it with an ornate foot.
Marking: On the gold mount of the foot: 427 (French inventory number of the possessions of the French crown made by the Assemblée Nationale in May and June, 1791).
entered French royal collections , Louvre, Paris, between 1684–1701 (1701 inv. no. 268; 1775, no. 190; 1791, no. 427); transferred to Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France , on 6 Fructidor, year IV (August 23, 1796) ; returned to Musée du Louvre , 1802 (inv. no. 117, 1810 and 1824, no. MR 122) ; stolen from Musée du Louvre , July 29, 1830 ; Charles Mannheim (by 1898) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)