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Lot 1807: Post Medieval Georgian Inscribed Chalice

Antiquities: Day 3

by TimeLine Auctions

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Late 18th-early 19th century AD. A bronze chalice comprising: a median quartz crystal bulb; discoid base with raised rim and twelve facing figures, each bearded and with a rod with foliage to the rear; bowl with similar arcade of figures beneath a raised band, two zoomorphic openwork handles, inscription in Lombardic capitals '[..]RESC[.]A PRISCORVM SVSPIRANT VOTA DIPORVM / CERERO SANGVI VIS RESTAVRET O DIEGA GANGV[.]' probably the text Pr?scia Priscorum suspirant vota virorum / ut sacer hic sanguis restauret quod negat anguis (He foresees the old declaration of vows / to restore the sacred blood that denies the serpent"). 5.1 kg, 25cm (9 3/4"). Property of a Sussex gentleman; acquired before 1990. The text Pr?scia Priscorum suspirant vota virorum / ut sacer hic sanguis restauret quod negat anguis appears in the work H?bener, K. Beschreibung der hochf?rstlich-erzbisch?flichen Haupt-Residenzstadt Salzburg ihrer Gegenden verz?glich f?r Ausl?nder und Reisende, Salzburg, 1794, p.304 in connection with a paten or item of ecclesiastical silverware.

Condition Report: Fair condition.

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