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Ciborium: M.26-1904

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Unknown




Copper, engraved, champlevé enamelled, and gilt

Copper, engraved, champlevé enamelled in blue, turquoise, and red, and gilt. The ciborium has a foot with six semicircular lobes separated by small redans, and a cylindrical stem with a hexagonal knop. The hemispherical bowl and cover of the cup are fastened together by a hinge and hasp. An undecorated circular space on the top of the cover indicates the position of a cross, now lost. The cover is decorated with four Gothic arches reserved in the metal, within which, on a lapis blue ground scattered with reserved stars, are four scenes from the Passion: christ mocked, the Flagellation, the Road to calvary, and the Crucifixion. The nimbuses in these scenes are enamelled in turquoise blue: the spandrels between the arches are red, with reserved trefoils. On the cup there are six circular medallions with grounds alternately of red and turquoise, on which are reserved standing figures of angels: the spandrels have scrolls reserved on a dark blue ground. On the foot there are six similar medallions with angels, the upper spandrels having trefoils, and the lower fleurs-de-lys, all reserved in the metal.


History note: Holingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedfordshire (1786-1867); Charles Magniac; sold Christie’s, 2, 4-8 and 11-15 July 1892, Catalogue of the renowned collection of works of art chiefly formed by the late Hollingworth Magniac Esq. (known as the Colworth Collection), 5th Day, 7 July, p. 129, lot 500, sold for £52.10.0 to Frank McClean.

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Frank McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ Haute Vienne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century, first half#
Circa 1300 CE - 1350 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Cup And Cover composed of copper
Bowl Rim Diameter 10.6 cm
Foot Diameter 14.9 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.26-1904
Primary reference Number: 156397
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 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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