Silver Chalice 1907

Designed by John Paul Cooper and made probably in his Birmingham workshop.

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Art work details

Year of production :
John Paul Cooper
Dimensions :
H. 27.5, diam. of bowl 13cm
Credit Line :

Silver set with garnets, chrysoprasus, and carbuncles.

This chalice was made in three sections by Lorenzo – known as Laurie – Colarossi, one of Cooper’s longest-serving craftsmen, in 95 hours.

Marked ‘JPC’ and ‘Artificers’ Guild Ltd’, London, 1912-13.

This is one of a series of chalices, based on medieval designs, whose plain bowls contrast with the decorative knopped stems and bases. The knop has four flat bosses chased with the symbols of the Evangelists.

Between 1908 and 1915 much of Cooper’s work was sold through the Artificers’ Guild in London.

In February 1927 Cooper agreed to lend three examples of his silverwork to Leicester Museum. He was very pleased that the Museum Committee subsequently decided to buy one piece – this chalice. He wrote, ‘it makes me feel connected with what I consider to be my native town.’

The chalice had previously been exhibited at the Louvre, Paris (1914) and the Royal Academy, London (1916).

Purchased in 1927.