This chalice, with a hexagonal knop and stellate base, represents a type popular in the Rhineland and the Lowlands around 1400. The underside of the base is engraved with the names of five members of the Housteyn family, including Gryta Housteyn, whose name also appears on the lozenges of the knop. The coat of arms presumably also identifies the Housteyn family, some of whom lived at Frasselt, near Kranenburg, in the duchy of Cleves, in present-day Germany.
Inscription: Inscriptions: (on underside of base) gryta housteyn abt housteyns mechtelt housteyns henrijck housteyn ior johan housteyn ior (etched in a later hand[s] on underside of the base) 8343 / 1105 / sml x.x
Marking: Arms: (on the knop) Per pale three swans couped between an escutcheon impaling three leopards erased, langued and crowned--Housteyn
A.R. Nesle, New York (until 1941) ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (sold 1949)] ; [Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (April 20-23, 1949, lot 432)] ; Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (1949?–sold 1989)
The Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 20–23, 1949. no. 432, pp. 104-5.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1989-1990." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 48, no. 2 (Fall 1990). p. 20.
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 221, pp. 180–81.
Roelofs, Pieter, and Rob Dückers, ed. The Limbourg Brothers: Nijmegen masters at the French Court, 1400–1416. Ghent: Ludion Press, 2005. no. 56, pp. 308-309.