The inscription around its base indicates that this chalice was made by Brother Bertinus in 1222. It is not known, however, where this accomplished goldsmith worked. The imaginary beasts swirling around the knop and the balanced proportions of the large round bowl and splayed foot typify North European style of the early thirteenth century.
Inscription: Inscription: (around foot rim) +AD HONOREM B(EATE) MARIE VIRGINIS .+.+ F(RATER) BERTINVS ME FECIT +.+ A(NN)O MCCXXII
Martin Hecksher, Vienna (sold 1898) ; his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London (May 4-6, 1898, no. 257) ; [ S. Durlacher, London (from 1898)] ; Sir Samuel Montagu, first Baron Swaythling 1832–1911, London (from at least 1901-sold 1924)) ; Swaythling Heirlooms sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London (May 6-7, 1924, no. 71) ; [ Crichton Brothers, London (sold 1924)] ; William Randolph Hearst American, 1863–1951, New York and San Simeon (1924) ; [ Parish-Watson & Co., New York (sold 1938)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1938-1947) ]
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