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Ciborium: M/P.11-1938

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Unknown (Silversmith)


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 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
Borders: Bowl: Decoration: Knop:

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: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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