French Gothic-Style Silver Gilt Chalice 

  • The Gothic-style silver gilt chalice is an exceptional example of French ecclesiastical silver
  • An intricate motif featuring crosses, arches and engraved masonic symbol encase the goblet
  • Religious objects of this quality seldom leave the confines of the Church or private collections
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Item No. 31-0684

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Perhaps the most beautiful examples of silver were those created for ecclesiastical purposes, and this silver gilt chalice is an extraordinary example of the art. Beautifully conceived, the chalice features a Gothic-style motif featuring crosses, arches and engraved masonic symbols throughout. Historically, chalices such as this were lavishly crafted and often given as commemorative gifts to churches and monasteries. French silversmiths took particular pride and care in the creation of these religious objects. Considered cherished possessions of the Church, they seldom become available for acquisition, especially examples of such masterful execution and spiritual significance.

The chalice has been an integral part of Christianity since antiquity. Evidence of its earliest uses has been discovered within ancient manuscripts and early Christian altars. Reserved for the administration of the Eucharist at Communion, it represents the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, known as the Holy Grail.

Inscribed "S.S.C. St. Agn. 1881 / In Piam Festi / Patronatus Memoriam / Revme P. Francisco / O. M.Cap. Ex / Gratitudine" 

Dated 1881

6" diameter x 10" high
French Gothic-Style Silver Gilt Chalice 
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Goblets & Cups
Diameter: 6 Inches
Depth: 6.25 Inches
Length: 10
Width: 6.25 Inches
Height: 10.0 Inches

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