Chalice and paten

Cooper & Fisher1855

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

This exceptional chalice and paten-used to serve consecrated wine and bread in the Christian Communion service-are among the most ambitious and lavish church silver made in mid-nineteenth century America. Closely modeled after medieval English sources, the pieces are decorated with intricate imagery of saints and biblical scenes, rendered in exquisite enamelwork and engraving. They were commissioned by the New York Ecclesiological Society for the 1855 dedication of Trinity Chapel, designed by architect Richard Upjohn.


  • Title: Chalice and paten
  • Creator Lifespan: 1854 - 1862
  • Date Created: 1855
  • Physical Dimensions: w140 x h251 mm
  • Type: Silver hollowware
  • Rights: Gift of The Seminarians, Curator's Fund, and Ron Bourgeault. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/chalice-and-paten-266911
  • Medium: Silver, silver-gilt, enamel
  • Inscription: Chalice: At scene of Baptism of Christ, on a ribbon above the figures in Gothic script: "This is my / beloved Son / in whom I am well pleased;" above the crucifixion [alpha] / [omega]; on the crucifix: "INRI." Underside of lobes marked with numbers intended to match with pierced quatrefoil edge. Numbering begins with 7, ending at 12, with other numbers, some of them duplicates, appearing as well. Paten: Engraved on the rim in Gothic script, with each word separated by a leaf, and set within a band of hatched background engraving: "holy * holy * holy * Lord * God * of hosts heaven and earth are full of thy glory."
  • City, state, country: New York, New York, United States
  • By: Cooper & Fisher
  • Artist Information (Artist #2): Richard Fisher, American, 1858–1862
  • Artist Information (Artist #1): Francis W. Cooper, American, 1815–1898

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