Probably Otto Meier

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

This densely ornamented vessel with inset colored gemstones was made for the dean of Speyer Cathedral, Adolph Wolff von Metternich zur Gracht, to use in celebrating Mass. The radiant angels are enameled in the round (en ronde bosse), a French technique developed during the fourteenth century that uses molten-glass colors to paint over a sculpted gold core. The chalice’s damaged bowl was carefully replaced with a new one in the nineteenth century.

Chalice, Probably Otto Meier (active 1604–21), Gold, enamel, gemstones, German, Westphalia (probably Lichtenau)

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