This exceptionally refined 15th century chalice was donated to the King Baudouin Foundation by André de Halleux. Bearing the hallmarks of Brussels, this silver gilt cup is one of the rare pieces of Gothic style Brussels silverware to have been given to us, so it represents a unique testimony to our past.
Based on its hallmarks, the chalice can be dated to between 1480 and 1500. Three separate hallmarks can be distinguished:
the 15th century Brussels hallmark (a climbing lion wearing a crown);
the Brussels hallmark (the head of St Michael);
and a non-identified hallmark.
In accordance with the donor’s wishes, the chalice has been entrusted to the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule, where it is exhibited.