Chalice, about 1550
Italian, 16th century
Gilded silver and enamel
Bequest from the Preston Pope Satterwhite Collection 1949.30.38
How much will it cost? $2,500
This is a gilded silver chalice, with beautiful enameled inlays around the base and stem. Unfortunately, the object also suffers from abrasion, scratches, active corrosion, cracking, losses and loose parts—the stem is actually mobile, rending this object extremely fragile. A thorough surface cleaning and stabilization of the enamel inlays, followed by a careful polishing will significantly improve the aesthetic quality of this lovely chalice.