Ciborium

English (London)
1670–71
Possibly by IS


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 26 cm (10 1/4 in.); diameter (lid) 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.); Weight 890 gm (28 oz 12 dwt)

Accession Number

60.944a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The standing cup rests on a stepped and domed foot that is decorated on the flat section of the top with foliate outline. The stem is in the form of a cylinder with bands of molding and twisted wire at the top, bottom, and mid-section. The vessel is hemispherical with cut-card work covering the lower third. Attached at regular intervals are small eyes from which bells dangle. The cover is stepped and domed with a flat central section that is decorated with cut-card foliage. At the center is a finial in the form of an orb and cross. The foot of the cup is raised, with an applied wire rim and cut-card decoration. The detachable stem is screwed to the foot and bowl; it is formed of a seamed sheet with applied moldings of profiled and twisted wire. The bowl is raised, with interior wire bezel applied to the rim. The orb, fabricated from two pieces with applied beaded wire surmounted by a cast cross, is detachable.

Provenance

November 17, 1955, anonymous sale ("the property of a gentleman"), Sotheby's, London, lot 160. 1960, John Hunt (b. 1900 - d. 1976), London and Dublin; 1960, sold by Hunt to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 1960)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour