Covered Chalice Maker: Johann Christoph Heyne (American, born Germany, 1715–1781)


American Decorative Arts

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

The maker of this chalice, Johann Christoph Heyne, was a Moravian minister who emigrated from his native Germany to Pennsylvania in the 1750s. Not surprisingly, most of his surviving work as a pewterer consists of objects used to celebrate the Eucharist in Lutheran and Moravian churches in German-speaking communities around Lancaster. Heyne had trained as a pewterer in Sweden, where he absorbed the Baroque style so superbly expressed in this covered chalice. The tall proportions and controlled rhythm of concave and convex moldings on this chalice are typical of the Baroque in northern continental Europe. Heyne also used the same mold to make both the cover and base.




11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm)
rim: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
other (Cover): 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
base: 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
other (Without cover): 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, by exchange

Accession Number



18th 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.



Carl and Celia Jacobs, Deep River, Conn.; By exchange in 1966 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 114, ill
  • Gerald W. R. Ward, "American Pewter, Brass, and Iron in the Yale University Art Gallery," Antiques (June 1980), 1306, pl. 3, ill
  • Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 228–30, fig. 200
  • John Carter, "A Checklist of the Extant Pewter of Johann Christoph Heyne," Pewter Collectors' Club of America 7, no. 1 (December 1974), 28, no. 28
  • Charles F. Montgomery, A History of American Pewter (New York: Dutton, 1973), 234
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