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Chalice and monstrance

Chalice and monstrance

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silver, partly gilded. The calyx of the chalice, baluster stem and stepped moulded base, lightly engraved with strapwork. The monstrance fits over the deep lip of the chalice, and consists of an oval glazed container with a cherub for holding the host, flanked by two pairs of columns of a mixed order, resting on a deep band set with jewels in strapwork settings. The columns support a baldacchino with a studded dome flanked by two figures of saints. On the top of the baldacchino is a round turret set with pastes, flanked by two cast figures of saints and surmounted by a figure of the risen Christ.


ca. 1600 (made)


Height: 13.675 in, Diameter: 7.675 in of foot, Height: 16.0625 in of monstrance, Width: 8.125 in of monstrance

Object history note

Nothing is known of the object's early history. It was acquired by the American collector Walter Leo Hildburgh in Zurich in 1926. He bequeathed it to the Museum and it entered the V&A after he died in 1955.

Descriptive line

Silver, parcel gilt, Portugal, ca. 1600, unmarked.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Oman, Charles. The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver: 1400-1665. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1968.


Silver; Gold


Engraving; Gilding


Metalwork Collection

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