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Chalice: MAR.M.80-1912

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown (Probably)




Silver-gilt: set with enamelled silver bosses

Silver-gilt; the stepped circular foot is engraved with scrolls and set with three silver bosses enamelled in blues and greens with birds and foliage. The stem comprises a series of spools and knops with engraved borders and three small enamelled bosses. The top half of the U-shaped cup is undecorated. Beneath an applied girdle the cup is engraved with scrolls and set with three bosses enamelled with a criss-cross pattern.


History note: Not known before donor

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Arequipa ⪼ Peru

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1620 : Philip III (1598-1621) or Philip IV (1621-1665)


There are no maker's or town marks, but the criss-cross design on the upper enamelled silver bosses, and the chasing on the chalice suggest it was made in Arequipa, Peru, rather than Spain

Components of the work

Bosses composed of enamel ( blue and green)
Surface composed of gold
Base Diameter 14.2 cm Diameter 5⅝ in
Rim Diameter 8.8 cm Diameter 3½ in
To Rim Height 26.4 cm Height 10⅜ in
Gross Weight 744 g Weight 23:18 oz:dwt
Cherub's Heads

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.80-1912
Primary reference Number: 160125
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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