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Chalice and paten

Silver-gilt, gilt copper and enamel

Origin: Possibly Italy, Siena

Date: Mid-14th century

18.5 cm height of chalice; 18.9 cm diameter of paten

Heraldry: Unidentified

Provenance: Bought from Francesco Lombardi, Florence, possibly between 1858 and 1864

Presented by C.D.E. Fortnum, 1888; WA1888.CDEF.B1043

T. Schroder (2009), no. 423

The chalice and paten were used during mass to serve the consecrated wine and bread. The large knop decorated with chased foliage and enamelled medallions, the calyx beneath the bowl and the enamelled hexagonal stem seen on this chalice are all features attributable to a type that evolved in Siena in the fourteenth century and continued to be produced in large numbers across Italy into the fifteenth. The paten is of a design contemporary with the chalice but was probably not made for it as the chalice does not exactly fit the central depression.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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