Gold-plated, cast, lathed, embossed, chiseled and gloss-punched silver.
Marks: AN/TES (with an inverted letter “N” and cast final letters “ES”), masculine right profile head on o/M within the two crowned columns, nailed tower on a pillar in water and OÑA/TE (both lines set part by a horizontal bar) and a little swan turned to the left inside an oval.
Collection Arturo Lopez-Willshaw (Chile). Sotheby Parker Bernet Monaco, 06-24-1976, lot 246. Gallery J.Kugel. Paris, October 2004. The Apelles Collection - Carlos Alberto Cruz, Chile - England.
Among all the pieces engraved by Antón Dantés and known up to date, this art piece that now comes to light, the chalice, is undoubtedly the most significant work of art, for its excellent technical implementation, weight and imponent dimensions. Certainly, a key work for the history of Mexican silverware, and for its artist´s very positive appraisal. Besides, it results revealing to confirm how Mexico, during the sixteenth century, complied with the mandatory precept of stamping engraved silverware with four marks (exactly the amount of marks it shows), when, in the other Viceroyalty (Peru), as far as we know, said rule has never been completely complied with.