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Merode Cup

The Merode goblet is a medieval silver-gilt goblet decorated with finely engraved birds, fruits and vine leaves, made in France in Burgundy around 1400 and named after the ancient Belgian family of Merode, to whom it once belonged.

The cup is made of gilded silver and decorated with finely engraved birds, fruits and vine leaves. On the sides, the lid and base are panels of delicate and exquisite translucent enamel known as plique-à-jour, a sophisticated enameling technique that involves firing glass in cells and removing the base to create a stained glass effect. When the cup is placed in the light, it appears to be decorated with miniature stained glass windows. Objects decorated with such enamel are known from the descriptions of such people as the great 14th-century patron of the arts, John, Duke of Berry, brother of King Charles V of France. However, this bowl is the only one extant from this period.