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Chalice

Made by: Master M. Ts. S.

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

The cup is in parcel gilt and set in an openwork basketwork design of an all over fretwork with a garland around the upper portion. Affixed to the fretwork are four, slightly raised oval medallions, each surmounted by a cross-topped crown with scenes in niello. In these medallions are: 1) Christ on the cross with a view of Jerusalem in the background (inscribed [Cyrillic] BG" and [Greek] IC XC); 2) the Mother of God (inscribed: [Cyrillic/Greek] MP ThU); 3) Christ in Majesty holding the book and blessing (inscribed [Greek] IC XC); and, 4) St. John the Baptist (inscribed [Cyrillic] S IOAN N" P). The background of each nielloed plaque is in silver gilt and is engraved to echo the pattern of the fretwork. The central portion is baluster-shaped. The base has a baroque design in repoussé with the heads of two cherubs in clouds and various decorative motifs, all in silver on a gilt ground. There are four oval medallions, each surmounted by a cross-topped crown. These medallions have scenes in niello on a gilt ground: 1) Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (inscribed [Greek] IC XC); 2) Christ before Herod (inscribed [Greek] IC XC); 3) Christ crowned with thorns (inscribed [Greek] IC XC); and, 4) Christ and the two thieves carrying each a cross on the way to Calvary (inscribed [Greek] IC XC). Around the lip of the cup runs the inscription [translated], partly hidden by openwork setting, as follows: "Accept the Body of Christ, Taste the Immortal Source."

Category:
SILVERWORK
Object name:
Chalice
Made from:
Silver -- parcel gilt -- niello
Made in:
RUSSIA: Moscow
Date made:
ca. 1795
Size:
overall __13.50 IN __ __ __7.25 IN
overall __34.29 CM __ __ __18.42 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
12.84
Class:
SILVER
Signature marks:
maker's mark __[Cyrillic] M Ts S __On underside of foot between Flagellation and Christ b/f Herod. __In a trefoil frame. Mark of an unknown master active ca. 1793-95, Postnikova-Loseva #2695. ||Hallmark __[St. George] __On underside of foot between Flagellation and Christ b/f Herod. __Moscow hallmark. ||Assayer's mark __[Cyrillic] V.A __On underside of foot between Flagellation and Christ b/f Herod. __In a rectangular frame. Mark of an unidentified Moscow assayer active 1760-94. Postnikova-Loseva (1995) #2084. ||maker's mark __[Cyrillic] M Ts S __Stamped on upper knop. __In a trefoil frame. Mark of an unknown master active ca. 1793-95, Postnikova-Loseva #2695. ||Hallmark __[St. George] __On upper knop. __Moscow hallmark. ||Assayer's mark __[Cyrillic] V.A __On upper knop. __In a rectangular frame. Mark of an unidentified Moscow assayer active 1760-94. Postnikova-Loseva (1995) #2084. ||maker's mark __[Cyrillic] M Ts S __On silver netting btw Crucifixion and Mother of God __In a trefoil frame. Mark of an unknown master active ca. 1793-95, Postnikova-Loseva #2695. ||Hallmark __[St. George] __On silver netting. __Moscow hallmark. ||maker's mark __[Cyrillic] M Ts S __On rim, above the word 'telo' __In a trefoil frame. Mark of an unknown master active ca. 1793-95, Postnikova-Loseva #2695. ||Hallmark __[St. George] __On rim, above the word 'telo' __Moscow hallmark. ||inscription __[Cyrillic] TELO KhRISTOVO PRIIMITE ISTOChNIKA BESMERTNAGO VKUSITE __Around rim of bowl. Starts next to Christ in Majesty. __Trans: Accept the Body of Christ, Taste the Immortal Source Note: This is a standard inscription on Russian chalices in the modern period.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973