Chalice Maker: Assayer Felipe De Ribas "El Mayor"

ca. 1695

American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Inventories of household goods belonging to Mexican immigrants who moved to New Mexico indicate that the immigrants took Mexican-made silverware with them to their new homes. This silver chalice, bearing the mark of Mexican assayer Felipe De Ribas "El Mayor" (the Elder), would have been used in the celebration of Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. In accordance with church law, the rim and interior of the chalice bowl are gilded. Wealthy colonists might have donated chalices such as this to their local chapels out of devotion and in hopes of political advancement. The foot and bowl of the chalice are wrought, while the Baroque-style disk and baluster stem are cast. The three sections of the chalice are held together with a center rod and nut.




8 13/16 in. (22.384 cm)
other: 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Doris M. Brixey, by exchange

Accession Number



17th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


  • "Acquisitions, 1999," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2000): 163.

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On cup: the crowned pillars of Hercules with an "M" below (the mark for Mexico City)\r\nOn base: "RBAS" (Filipe de Ribas "El Major"), the Mexico City Mark, and the Quinto (tax mark) of Aguila.

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