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Royal gold cup
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Тhis solid gold cup is lavishly decorated in translucent enamels with scenes relating to the life and miracles of St Agnes. It was given to King Charles VI of France (reigned 1380-1422) by his uncle Jean duc de Berry (1340-1416). It is possible that the Duc originally intended the cup for his brother Charles V, who was born on St Agnes’ day, 21 January, but who died before it was completed.

The cup came into the possession of John, Duke of Bedford (1391-1447), regent in France for the English king Henry VI (reigned 1422-61), and from there it passed into the royal collection. Two extra bands have been inserted in the stem of the cup, the first of which is decorated with enamelled Tudor roses dating to the period of Henry VIII (reigned 1509-47). The second carries an inscription relating to the peace agreed between England and Spain in 1604.

Royal gold cup

From Paris, France, c. AD 1370-80
Ht 23.6 cm (with cover)

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