Master Georgius Raisch

Hungarian, active Budapest
18th century



Silver, partially gilt

Gift of Mrs. Lowell DeWight Richardson in the memory of her husband


This chalice contains elements found in metalwork of the rococo period. Used during the Catholic Mass, such a vessel held the wine for the Eucharist. Flowing lines of scrollwork and leafage envelop the chalice, and the tulip-form upper section of the bowl seems to emerge as if it were a flower coming into bloom. C-scrolls usually surrounded armorials or monograms, but here contain downward pointing acanthus leaves. These were associated with the Greeks, but were later used in Christian art to symbolize heaven.

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