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Ciborium: M/P.11-1938

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver-gilt; hexagonal box with six-sided conical cover, set with engraved and enamelled silver plaques of Christ, saints and bishops.

Silver-gilt; the shallow hemispherical bowl sits in a box with six vertical sides divided by rows of cast crockets; five of the sides have applied silver engraved and enamel plaques of saints; the sixth side has a clasp. The six sided stem has a large central lobed knop, which is set with lozenge shaped silver engraved and enamelled plaques. The low trumpet-shaped foot has a shaped circular spreading base with rim of twelve alternating semicircular and pointed lobes. It is engraved with six panels of alternating scrollwork and leaves on a matted ground, and is set with three applied silver plaques engraved and enamelled with two saints and a bishop. The cover is a six-sided cone surrounded by borders of cast crockets. Each side is set with a silver engraved and enamelled plaque representing Christ, a bishop or four saints. The finial is formed as a model of St. George slaying the dragon standing above an openwork ring of cast Gothic arches.


History note: Not known before Leonard D. Cunliffe

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Weight: 862 g
Weight: 27:14 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


15th Century#
Circa 1400 CE - 1500 CE


There are no marker's or town marks

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Plaques composed of enamel
Surface composed of gold
Base Diameter 12.2 cm Diameter 4¾ in
To Top Of Finial Height 34.4 cm Height 13½ in

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.11-1938
Primary reference Number: 139850
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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