20 May 2015
A SILVER-GILT AND NIELLO CHALICE
RUSSIA, LATE 17TH CENTURY
Of goblet form, finely nielloed throughout with scrolls and foliage, the domed spreading foot depicting the events leading to the Crucifixion, rising to a baluster form stem depicting St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and Cherubim and Seraphim, the bowl nielloed with Christ, the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the rim inscribed in Old Church Slavonic, 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins’, marked under foot rim with Cyrillic letter ‘Ya’
13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) high
28.88 oz. (898.3gr.)
Acquired at a Torgsin shop in Leningrad in 1932.
By descent to the present owner.
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