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Chalice

Date:
ca. 1400
Geography:
Made in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Culture:
Catalan
Medium:
Silver-gilt, silver, and basse taille enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: H:8 1/8 x W:6 5/8 in. (20.6 x 16.8 cm) cup only: 2 15/16 x 4 3/16 in. (7.5 x 10.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1963
Accession Number:
63.67
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
The slender proportions and small bowl of this chalice are typical of work of the late 14th and early 15th centuries. The Annunciation and Crucifixion appear in the enameled roundels on the base, along with the coat of arms of an unidentified owner. By the 14th century silver was generally marked to identify the place of manufacture, largely to guarantee that it was sufficiently pure. The hallmark of the city of Barcelona appears here on the rim of the base and between the coat of arms and the Annunciation.
Marking: (on the flaring base between coat-of-arms and the Annunciation Barcelona stamp) +BA / ROK
(around coat of arms) [various symbols]
Alfred Rütschi, Zurich ; [ Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich (sold 1963)]
Falke, Otto von, ed. Sammlung A. Rütschi: alte Goldschmiedewerke im Zürcher Kunsthaus. Lucerne: Galerie Fischer, September 5, 1931. no. 77, p. 22, pl. XLIV.



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