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Chalice

Chalice

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, parcel-gilt bowl with hammered foot

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Capt. H. B. Murray

  • Museum number:

    M.1106-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 18

The chalice is the central sacred vessel of the Catholic church in which the priest consecrates the wine during the service of Mass. This chalice would have been originally accompanied by a paten (dish) for the consecrated bread. According to Catholic belief the wine and bread are miraculously transformed into the blood and body of Christ during the Mass. The bowls of silver chalices are usually gilded inside to emphasize the precious nature of their contents and to protect the metal.

Physical description

Chalice, silver, the bowl parcel-gilt, the foot a hammered octagon of a wavy outline, contracted below the spread; the baluster stem and calyx follow the same outline.

Place of Origin

Venice (city) (made)

Date

1700-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, parcel-gilt bowl with hammered foot

Marks and inscriptions

On side of bowl: maker's mark ?MM, unidentified, town mark for Venice

Dimensions

Diameter: 12 cm base, Height: 22.4 cm

Object history note

Murray Bequest

Descriptive line

Church plate, Continental

Labels and date

CHALICE
Silver, parcel gilt
Venice, 18th century
Mark MM unidentified
A chalice is a sacred vessel in which the priest consecrates the wine taken by the faithful during Mass. This chalice would have been originally accompanied by a paten (dish) for the consecrated bread. According to Catholic belief the wine and bread are transformed into the blood and body of Christ during the Mass. The insides of silver chalices are always gilded, to emphasize the precious nature of their contents and to protect the metal.
1106-1910 [26/11/2002]

Materials

Silver; Gold

Categories

Metalwork; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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