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Chalice: MAR.M.83-1912

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Unknown (Silversmith)


Silver-gilt; decorated with engraved, embossed, pierced, cast and filigree ornament

Silver-gilt; decorated with engraved, embossed, pierced, cast and filigree ornament. The base sits on a plain spreading hexafoil ring, above which is a verticle openwork border of cast scrolls. The trumpet-shaped foot is divided into six panels by ropework borders which contain applied filigree work. The hexagonal stem is engraved with a geometric pattern. At the centre is a large lobed knop with applied scrolls and flowerheads. The base of the plain U-shaped cup is held by triangular panels of filigree work, above which is a girdle of fleur-de-lys.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Weight: 491 g
Weight: 15:15 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


First half of 16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


There are no identifying marks

School or Style

Late Medieval

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold Rim Diameter 10.2 cm Diameter 4 in
To Rim Height 20.7 cm Height 8⅛ in
Base Width 11.7 cm Width 4⅝ in
Bowl Decoration

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.83-1912
Primary reference Number: 119324
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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