Exhibitions/ Art Object


mid-15th century
Made in possibly Hungary
Central European
Silver, partly gilded, glass, semiprecious stones(?), with filigree and other enameling
Overall: 8 1/2 x 5 3/16 in. (21.6 x 13.1 cm) diam. of cup: 4 7/16 in. (11.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
The two Gothic chalices from the Salgo gift were both formerly in the collections of Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild in Vienna and Thomas F. Flannery in Chicago. Salgo prized these works because most similar vessels are still part of ecclesiastical treasuries. Repairs to and replacements on this object were inevitable due to its age and the delicacy of the enamel and other fragile materials. A fall may have damaged the upper part, including the gilded pierced border above the basket as well as the cup, which no longer fits tidily. A Hungarian mark dating from 1800 to 1828 could have been made by a proud goldsmith who restored the chalice.
Marking: On the cup of the replacement cup, maker’s mark of Mathias Rombauer, Eperjes, 1800-1828.
Baron Nathaniel Mayer Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna; Thomas F. Flannery, Jr. (1926–1980), Chicago (sold 1983); [ Sotheby's, New York(December 1, 1983, no. 258)]; Nicolas M. Salgo (Budapest 1914–2005 Bal Harbour)(1983–2005); Salgo Trust for Education(2005–2010)
Rowe, Donald F. Enamels: the XII to the XVI century, a Special Exhibition at the Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art. Chicago: Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art, Loyola University of Chicago, 1970. no. 21, n.p.

Gauthier, Marie-Madeleine. Émaux du Moyen Âge Occidental. Fribourg: Office du Livre, 1972. no. 254, pp. 307, 308, 420.

Rowe, Donald F. "A 'George in Gold' and Enamels in Chicago Collections." Apollo 95 (June 1972). p. 472, fig. 11.

Thomas F. Flannery Jr. Collection: Medieval and Later Works of Art. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., December 1–2, 1983. no. 258, pp. 178–79.

Kolba, Judit H. Hungarian Silver: the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection. London: Thomas Heneage, 1996. no. 1, pp. 20-21.

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