Artifact Information
Title :
02. Ciborium

Date :
1688-1689 et 1729-1749 pour la fausse coupe / 168

Owner :
Collection : Archidiocèse de Québec / Archdiocese of Quebec

Artist :
Toussaint Testard (Maître en 1682 Paris France / Master in 1682 Paris France) et Paul Lambert dit Saint-Paul (1691 ou / or 1703 Arras France – 1749 Québec) actif de / active from 1729-1749

  Artifact description
21 cm (with cover) x 10.9 cm (at the base)
Hallmarked once on the base once on the side of the bowl once inside the cover: an iris crowned and stationed by two beads TT a head

The ciborium is a sacred vessel used for storing the consecrated hosts and distributing them during communion. It is composed of a bowl a false bowl a cover surmounted by a cross a base and a stem. Usually made of a precious metal this one is in silver and its bowl is lined with gold. The ciborium generally forms a complete set with the chalice and the paten.

Toussaint Testard was a master silversmith in France from as early as 1682. He lived on the Île de la Cité and made religious silver objects and also silverware.

Paul Lambert dit Saint-Paul arrived in New France around 1728 along with other artisans recruited by the colony (opinions vary on this subject). He was the most important and most prolific silversmith in New France in the first half of the 18th century. He was also the first to make a living from his work. His artwork is found in several museums and religious institutions in Québec and Ontario as well as at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Michigan.
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