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Chalice with the Arms of Housteyn

Date:
second quarter 15th century
Geography:
Made in Gelderland or Cleves
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Silver, parcel gilt with traces of enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 13/16 x 5 5/16 x 6 1/16 in. (17.3 x 13.5 x 15.4 cm) cup: 2 11/16 x 4 9/16 in. (6.8 x 11.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Blumka, in honor of Timothy Husband, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.358
  • Description

    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.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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

  • Provenance

    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)

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