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Chalice: MAR.M.64-1912

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver, silver-gilt and coper-gilt; silver bowl with copper-gilt stem and foot set with plaques and enamelled in black

Silver, silver-gilt and coper-gilt; the silver V-shaped silver bowl has an everted gilt rim and gilt interior. It rests on a copper-gilt calyx engraved with leaves. The copper-gilt hexagonal stem is enamelled in black with a pattern of leaves, and has two knops. The first is large with six lobes set with two engraved coats-of-arms and four religious plaques, which include Christ, the man of Sorrows, the Virgin Mary, a bishop and another. The smaller knop has a vertical band enamelled in black with the inscription 'AVE. MARIA. GRACIA. PERNA (sic). DOMINVS. STEC(VM)'. The low copper-gilt trumpet-shaped foot has a shaped circular spreading base with rim of twelve alternating semicircular and pointed lobes. It is set with six octagonal plaques enamelled in black of saints and angels, including the Virgin Mary, St. Peter, St. Paul, an angel, possibly the Archangel Gabriel, and two other saints.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


15th Century, first half
Circa 1400 - 1450


The inscription is a variant of Ave Maria Gratia Plena

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stem And Foot composed of copper
Surface composed of gold
Cup composed of silver
Rim Diameter 10.1 cm Diameter 4 in
Base Diameter 12.9 cm Diameter 5⅛ in
To Rim Height 19.4 cm Height 7⅝ in

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: PERNA should be PLENA

  • Location: On lower knop
  • Method of creation: Engraved and enamelled in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.64-1912
Primary reference Number: 119295
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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