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- Date of production 17th century
- Place of creation Małopolska Province
- Dimensions height: 21.9 cm, diameter: of foot: 11.7 cm, of chalice: 8.7 cm
- ID no. MNS/3831/S
- Object copyright Nowy Sącz District Museum
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The chalice is an example of seventeenth-century goldsmithing in Małopolska, with features typical of the workshops of the region such as a slim and smooth bowl set in a basket, an oval nodus, repoussé decorations, and motifs of heads of winged cherubs, which was a common element of the decoration of gold products from Kraków in that period.more
The chalice is an example of seventeenth-century goldsmithing in Małopolska, with features typical of the workshops of the region such as a slim and smooth bowl set in a basket, an oval nodus, repoussé decorations, and motifs of heads of winged cherubs, which was a common element of the decoration of gold products from Kraków in that period.
This chalice has been in museum’s collection since 2004, when it was bought in one of the antique shops in Nowy Sącz. It is the oldest exhibit of artistic craft in the Regional Museum in Nowy Sącz.
The chalice has a slightly convex foot on a wheel plan and is covered with schweifwerk (ornamentation in a transitional stage between strapwork and auricular style, adopting cymoid-shaped and pincer-like bending fittings), in which the heads of angels and figs are interwoven. The ovoid stem and the cup adorning the smooth goblet are also decorated with schweifwerk with the interwoven, winged heads of angels. At the beginning of the 19th century, two hallmarks – in the shape of a rectangle with a crescent and the letter “E” in the middle – were incused on the chalice (an Austrian feature). Additionally, on the bottom of the foot, the date “AD 1681” has been engraved, although the upper half of the letters and numbers have become illegible. Because the work of the goldsmith workshops in Lesser Poland were not marked with place and personal marks, it is not possible to precisely determine the place where the chalice was created and the name of the goldsmith who made it.
Elaborated by Edyta Ross-Pazdyk (Nowy Sącz District Museum), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved