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Chalice

Date:
mid-15th century
Geography:
Made in Rouen, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Translucent enamel, silver, partial gilt and niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 3/8 x 5 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (18.7 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm) Cup: 3 9/16 x 2 1/2 in. (9 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Translucent
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.120
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This chalice, which bears the mark of the Lamb of God (agnus dei) on the underside of its base, is a rare surviving example of goldsmith's work produced in Rouen-after Paris, the most important city for metalwork in the north of France. The Crucifixion appears in one of the shield-shaped translucent enamels. The arms of the deClercq family, documented in Bruges and in northern France from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, are represented in the other. The cup has been replaced.
Marking: Marks: hallmark of Rouen; unidentified maker's mark
Arms: (on base) deClercq
[ L.P. Bresset et Fils]
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 220, p. 180.



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