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Chalice: M.24-1904

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Petruccio Campagnini, Andrea (Probably)




Silver, silver-gilt and copper-gilt; inlaid with enamelled plaques of Christ, and the Saints Peter, Paul, John, Bartholomew, and Barnabas(?). Inscribed on the stem, ‘ANDRE PETRUCI DE SENIS ME FECI'

Silver, silver-gilt and copper-gilt; the plain silver-gilt cup rests on a silver calyx set with six silver medallions of Christ, St Peter, St. Paul, St. John, St. Bartholomew and possibly St. Barnabus. The hexagonal stem is devided by a large copper-gilt knop embossed with lobes and set at the top with six triangular plaques enamelled with a geometic pattern, beneath these are six hexafoil plaques enamelled in colours and representing two male and four female saints. Above the knop the stem is engraved with with six male busts without nimbi; below the knop the stem is engraved with six birds. At the base of the stem are moulded borders containing a plain band engraved and enamelled with the inscription 'ANDREA * PETRUCI * DE * SENIS * ME *FECI(T). The low copper-gilt trumpet-shaped foot has a shaped circular spreading base with rim of twelve alternating semicicular and pointed lobes. It is set with six applied silver plaques with translucent enamels on sunk relief, representing the Crucifixion with Instruments of the Passion, on either side of which are the Virgin and St. John; on the opposite side are a bishop with mitre and crozier between a male and female saint. Above are smaller shaped triangular plaques enamelled with the heads of angels; and below are lozenge shaped plaques enamelled with a stylised leaf. The base stands on a foot ring decorated with moulded, beaded and dentil borders.


History note: Holingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedfordshire; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 7th day, 11 July 1892, Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Works of Art, chiefly formed by the late Hollingworth Magniac, Esq. (Known as the Colworth Collection), p. 169, lot 798, sold to Frank McClean for £126.

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Frank McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Height: 7½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


14th Century, Late
Late Medieval
Production date: circa AD 1370

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Plaques composed of enamel ( basse taille) silver
Foot And Stem composed of copper
Surface composed of gold
Bowl composed of silver
Calyx composed of silver
Base Diameter 12.8 cm Diameter 5¼ in
Rim Diameter 9.9 cm Diameter 3⅞ in
Bowl And Stem

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: only a small part of the label remains

  • Text: ... MAGNIAC ...
  • Location: Underneath the base
  • Method of creation: Printed paper stuck to the copper
  • Type: Label
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: a crown and undeciphered letter
  • Location: On the bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck three times
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.24-1904
Primary reference Number: 124998
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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