French Silver Chalice and Paten by Maitre Orfèvre Edmond LESAGE.
This piece is beautiful in its simplicity and shows lovely workmanship with its Gothic style inscriptions
A chalice, by definition, is a footed cup that is designed to hold liquid, but for Catholics a chalice is specifically created to hold the Blood of Christ during the Eucharist.
Due to the importance of chalices to Catholic liturgy, the Catholic Church has created very specific requirements for the sacred vessel.
Chalices come in many different shapes but all of them must be tall, and feature a large base, a stem, a knob, and a bowl.
The base is almost always oversized compared to the bowl, as Catholic doctrine notes the sacredness of the wine and emphasizes the importance of keeping the wine from being spilled.
The foot of our Chalice holds a beautiful etched depiction of the Holy Cross with grape wines rising at the foot.
It also hold the following Inscription in latin:
‘Dominus Pars Hereditatis Meæ, Et Calicis Mei. Satiabor Cum Apparuerit Gloria Tua’
‘The Lord Is the Portion of My Inheritance and my Cup. I will be satisfied when Your Glory Appears’
Above the base is the stem. Almost all chalices have a raised knob, on the stem. This practice also arose out of Catholic doctrine about the importance of not spilling the sacred wine.
Above the stem, is the bowl. The bowl is divided into two parts.The upper part of the bowl, or the rim, is required to be unadorned.
On our chalice the Tulip shaped Cup holds an inscription in the middle:
‘Hic Est Enim Sanguis Meus Novi Testamenti’
‘This Is The New Covenant Of My Blood’
While often, only the part that touches the sacrament is made from precious metals, in the case of our chalice, the whole piece is entirely made of solid silver and completely gold washed.
This beautiful piece comes in its original box, from Edmond LESAGE.
We are including a Gilded Silver Paten which is adorned with a Holy Cross and a Sacred Heart
The Hallmark is Minerva –1st title (950/1000) for Lyon 1838/1919.
The Makers Mark is that of Maitre Orfèvre Edmond LESAGE
His mark shows his two initials separated by a Coachman holding up a whip.
His mark was registered on June 16th 1890 and Cancelled on December 16th 1927.
His workshop was located 67 Rue Feron in Paris.
The Mark on the Patena is too worn to be legible.