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Reliquary: MAR.M.58 & A-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver-gilt and rock crystal; twelve-sided tube of rock crystal mounted with silver-gilt pierced, embossed and filigree and set with stones, with similarly decorated cover.

Silver-gilt and rock crystal; the twelve-sided tube of rock crystal is mounted with pierced bands of silver-gilt embossed with four putti heads alternating with four coloured stones, and borders of filigree. The circular foot stands on a facetted rock crystal knop over a raised border of filigree set with four red stones, on a vertical band pieced and embossed with four putti heads alternating with four coloured stones, above a filigree border surrounded by sixteen coloured stones and a rope edge. The domed cover is of filigree over a solid lining, and is set with three borders of coloured stones. The finial of a female saint holding a sword stands on a facetted rock cystal knop.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32 cm
Height: 12.5 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1640 CE


The silver-gilt is not marked, but was probably made in Germany. The finial made be of a later date.

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Components of the work

Container composed of rock crystal
Knops composed of rock crystal
Surface Of Mounts composed of gold
Mounts composed of silver
Foot Diameter 9.2 cm Diameter 3⅝ in
Rock Crystal

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.58 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 159917
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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