Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
The Treasure of Saint Denis
Adapted from Félibien, Plate III, Item
Chalice and Paten of Abbot Suger. .... The paten is made
of a precious stone called serpentine, covered with gold dolphins, with
a border of gold covered with different kinds of precious stones.
Félibien, pages 541. Translated by Jane Vadnal.
- In most sources, this paten is associated with the Cup of the Ptolmeys.
Only Félibien groups it with the Chalice of Suger.
- Acccording to the Louvre, the serpentine bowl dates from the first century before or after the birth of Christ.
- Mounting probably 9th century; the Louvre dates it to the second half of the nineth century and assocites it withe the court of Charles the Bald.
- Sent to the Louvre Museum, December 5, 1793.
- Currently at the Louvre, MR 415.
- Paten made of Serpentine. Mounting of gold, precious stones, green
- Diameter of the Paten, 11.5 cm, Diameter including mounting, 17 cm..
Other chalices and patens in the Treasure of Saint Denis.
(1915), click here for text.
Félibien, pages 541.
Louvre, no. 12, pp. 88-91
Montesquoiu-Fezenac, I and II, no. 69; III, p 56-7.
Last updated by:JV Date:
November 28, 2006