Adapted from Félibien, Plate III, Item R
Washington , National Gallery
Chalice and Paten of Abbot Suger. The cup of the chalice is an oriental agate, very well carved. The mounting, on which is written SUGER ABBAS, is of gold vermeil enriched with jewels.
Suger describes how he had the chalice made:
Moreover, with the devotion due to the blessed Denis, we acquired vessels of gold and precious stones for the service of the Lord's table, in addition to the ones already donated for this purpose by kings of the Franks and those devoted to the church. To be specific, we ordered a big gold chalice containing one hundred forty ounces of gold and decorated with precious gems (hyacinths and topazes) as a substitute for another which had been pawned during the time of our predecessor.
The Book of Suger Abbot of St. Denis on What Was Done During his Administration, Chapter XXXIVA. Translated by Dr. David Burr of the History Department of Virginia, and reproduced here with his kind permission.
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Other chalices and patens in the Treasure of Saint Denis
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Last updated by:JV Date: November 28, 2006