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Ciborium: MAR.M.78 & A-1912

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Unknown (Silversmith)


Silver-gilt: set with enamelled silver bosses, the domed cover with finial of a bishop

Silver-gilt; the stepped circular foot engraved with four cartouches of scrolls each set with a silver boss enamelled in blue. Between each boss is a pair of moulded ribs. The stem comprises a series of spools and knops, set with two borders of bosses. The top half of the U-shaped cup is undecorated. Beneath an applied girdle the cup is set with four bosses between applied ribs to match the foot. The circular cover stepped with a high central dome which is decorated with bosses and ribs to match the cup. The top is surmounted by the cast figure of a bishop.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Early 17th Century
Philip III (1598-1621) or Philip IV (1621-1665)
Production date: circa AD 1620

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Components of the work

Surface composed of gold Base Diameter 12.5 cm Diameter 4⅞ in
Rim Of Cover Diameter 12 cm Diameter 4¾ in
To Finial Height 30.2 cm Height 11⅞ in
Gross Weight 1241 g Weight 39:18 oz:dwt
Bosses Bowl Cherub's Heads Decoration Stem

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.78 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 160126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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