The chalice stands on a splayed foot with applied twisted-chain edging and pierced quatrefoils on the applied vertical section of the foot. Lobed hexagonal sections rising from the foot contain three engraved panels with champlevé enamel in opaque blue, white, and translucent red that depict...
The chalice stands on a splayed foot with applied twisted-chain edging and pierced quatrefoils on the applied vertical section of the foot. Lobed hexagonal sections rising from the foot contain three engraved panels with champlevé enamel in opaque blue, white, and translucent red that depict the Crucifixion, Pentecost, and Baptism of Christ. Interspersed within these are three panels engraved with the images of St. George slaying the dragon; St. John the Evangelist; and the martyrdom of a kneeling bearded man at the hands of a soldier. The figure may be St. Alban, Protomartyr of England. The openwork stem consists of six twisted wire columns around a central pierced shaft; central baluster is chased with a cluster of prunts in the form of arches and quatrefoils. The silver-gilt bowl (which has been regilded), with stylized floral engraving below the lip, is set in a silver calyx having egg-shaped reserves that reveal the bowl; the calyx framework is chased with the images of six angels whose outspread wings form spandrels between the reserves and below the gadrooned rim. Each angel displays an emblem of the Passion of Christ. Foliage is affixed between bowl and stem. The round shallow paten with worn gilding has a raised circular boss at center, on which has been applied a champlevé portrait bust of the Pantocrator, that of Christ wearing the royal crown and halo and holding the orb, with right hand raised, right forefinger extended. Surrounding the enamel is a simple engraved border leading to a broad rim ornamented with Gothic text against matte strapwork; a gadrooned edge surrounds the whole.
Chalice: At scene of Baptism of Christ, on a ribbon above the figures in Gothic script: "This is my / beloved Son / in whom I am well pleased;" above the crucifixion [alpha] / [omega]; on the crucifix: "INRI." Underside of lobes marked with numbers intended to match with pierced quatrefoil edge. Numbering begins with 7, ending at 12, with other numbers, some of them duplicates, appearing as well. Paten: Engraved on the rim in Gothic script, with each word separated by a leaf, and set within a band of hatched background engraving: "holy * holy * holy * Lord * God * of hosts heaven and earth are full of thy glory."
"COOPER & FISHER / 131 AMITY ST NY" in roman letters on each; the chalice is missing a portion of the street name. The chalice is marked on applied foot rim; the paten is marked on back
Originally made for Trinity Chapel, New York, about 1855. Subsequent history unknown until consigned by the Reverend Gregory T. Bittner to Sotheby's, New York, auction in 1996, where it was purchased by the Museum.
Gift of The Seminarians, Curator's Fund, and Ron Bourgeault
- Cooper & Fisher, active 1854–1862
- Francis W. Cooper, American, 1815–1898
- Richard Fisher, American, active 1858–1862
- Decorated by Henry P. Horlor, English, 1823–after 1881
- Engraved by Segel, American, born in Germany
New York, New York, United States
186, Falino and Ward
Overall (Chalice): 25.1 x 14 cm, 0.9 kg (9 7/8 x 5 1/2 in., 2 lb.) Overall (Paten): 1.3 x 24.1 cm, 0.5 kg (1/2 x 9 1/2 in., 1 lb.)
Medium or Technique
Silver, silver-gilt, enamel