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Drinking Vessel (Hanap; one of a pair)

Date:
1320–60
Geography:
Made in possibly Toulouse, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Silver, silver gilt, translucent enamel, and opaque enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 x 1 1/2 in. (15.2 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.8.2
  • Description

    Hanaps, or drinking vessels for wine, are frequently mentioned in 14th-century inventories. Few have survived, however, as silver plate was often melted down to realize funds for the owner. Wine, customarily diluted throughout the Middle Ages, was poured to the top of the boss and then water was added to the flare of the bowl, roughly in the proportion of four to one.

  • Provenance

    Victor Gay , Paris (sold 1909) ; [his sale, Hôtel Drouot , Paris (March 26, 1909, no. 241)] ; R. W. M. Walker, Esq. , London (sold 1945) ; [his sale, Christie's, London (July 10-11, 1945, lot 110)] ; Private Collection ; [ Christie's, London (December 9, 1980, lot 19)] ; [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , London] ; [ Blumka Gallery , New York (sold 1982)]

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