This large, two-handled silver cup, decorated with gold, gilt bronze, and enamel, is one of the best-known examples of Irish ecclesiastical metalwork. It was discovered in 1868, in a potato field in Ardagh, County Limerick, Ireland. It is decorated with gold, gilt bronze, brass, lead pewter and enamel, has been assembled from 354 separate pieces. Studs set with colored enamels are arranged at intervals amid the filigree decoration, which combines interlaced animal forms and spirals with repeating abstract patterns. The outside of the bowl is engraved with the Latin names of some of the Apostles. The chalice is thought to date from the first half of the 8th century. It is the most important of the first Irish Christian objects and clearly one of the finest metal pieces that has been discovered from that period. It is now in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. It is pictured to the left, displayed in the museum.
Three important historical treasures..
reproduced for today's liturgy
Our version, pictured to the right, is taller than the original and more resembles the shape of a traditional chalice than the original. Like the original, it features a deep Celtic engraved design on the cup, base, and node as well as fire enameled cabochons and garnets. The chalice measures 7-3/4” high with a cup 5-1/8” in diameter with a capacity of 20 oz. It comes with a matching 7” diameter bowl paten.
The chalice and and a matching paten are available either in brass, 24 karat goldplated and antique silverplated at $7,995.00, or the same but with the inner cup in sterling silver. Please let us quote a price for this second option.
The Tassilo Chalice
The Ardagh Chalice
Dating from the period 770-790 AD, this chalice was donated by Luitpirga, wife of the Bavarian Duke Tassilo III, possibly on the occasion of the establishment of the Benedictine Abbey at Kremsmünster, Austria, in 777, where it remains until this day, and from where the photograph to the left was taken.
The chalice is composed of an egg-shaped cup, a large node and a relatively narrow base. The chalice is cast in bronze that has been gilded with gold and silver and decorated by various methods. It stands slightly over 10” high, and the cup has a capacity of over 50 oz. The interlinked oval medallions around the cup show Christ (together with the initials "I" and "S", for Iesus Salvator) and four Evangelist portraits, each with an appropriate symbol. Around the base are icons of the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, and, according to an uncertain interpretation, the Lombard queen Theodolinda. Around the foot is the Latin inscription: TASSILO DUX FORTIS + LIVTPIRG VIRGA REGALIS. The character of the ornamentation shows clearly the predominance of Insular and Anglo-Saxon influences, even though it may have been made in continental Europe.
The only modification from the original in our version is the change in the lettering on the base to PER IPSUM CUM IPSO IN IPSO +. The meaningful text translates - Through Him, with Him, in Him. Our chalice is slightly smaller, making it easier to use. The designs and figures of the design are refined a bit and made more symmetrical than the original. The reproduction measures 7-1/2” high with a cup 4-1/2” in diameter and a cup with an 18 oz. capacity. Finished in a two tone – silverplate and goldplate finish, we furnish a matching 6-/2” diameter paten with the chalice.
In brass, with the two tone finish, the cost is $4,995.00. In brass, but with the inner cup sterling silver, with the two tone finish, or entirely made of sterling silver, with the same two tone finish, because of the fluctuating silver market, the price is quoted on request.
Our reproduction measures 7-3/8” high, the cup measures 5-1/4” in diameter with a capacity of 18 oz. The matching paten is 7” in diameter. The cost is approximately $22,950.00.
This chalice and paten is also available partially hand made in sterling silver and all goldplated. The approximate cost is $13,695.00.
Because of the fluctuating silver market, we will quote firm prices on
It has been said that after the Franks converted to Christianity, this chalice was cut from the gold of the celebrated vase of the Church of Soissons. The St. Remy chalice has been kept at the royal treasury of the cathedral. Formerly the archbishop's palace, the Palais du Tau was reconstructed by Robert de Cotte during the reign of Louis XIV. This royal and episcopal residence has been associated with the coronation of thirty-two French kings, from the 11th century to Charles X in 1825. It still has a 13th century palatine chapel and the great Gothic Salle du Tau where the coronation banquets used to be held. The musée de l'Œuvre houses major sculpted works from the Cathedral, Flemish tapestries depicting the history of Clovis, The largest lapidary collection in France, all the visible sculptures removed from the cathedral, Charlemagne's 9th century talisman, Souvenirs of Charles X's coronation – clothing and religious objects from the era, in addition to this magnificent chalice.
The St. Remy Chalice