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Chalice (one of a group)

A work made of silver, gold plating, and green aventurine.

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  • A work made of silver, gold plating, and green aventurine.




Renard Koehnemann (American, 1918–1999)

About this artwork

A student of Daniel Pedersen at the Kalo Shop, Chicago’s preeminent producer of handwrought silver in the early 20th century, Chicago silversmith Renard Koehnemann created custom-designed chalices and patens for newly ordained priests. His religious beliefs also informed his artistic approach, especially the ideals of beauty set forth by Saint Thomas Aquinas: integrity, due proportion, and resplendent form. Each piece by Koehnemann was unique, made by hand, and designed to reflect a contemporary aesthetic. These works display his talent for achieving elegant expressions of modernity through simple forms and the use of contrasting colored materials.


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Arts of the Americas


Renard Koehnemann


Chalice (one of a group)


Chicago (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1955–1965


Silver, gold plating, and green aventurine


marked on bottom of chalices: HAND WROUGHT/STERLING/RAK


Diam.: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Walter Placko in memory of Renard Koehnemann

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