About this Piece
Part of the Mullingar Pewter Evangelist goblet collection, this pewter goblet depicts Saint Matthew of the Evangelists, the tax collector who became a disciple of Jesus and witnessed his resurrection.
This 8oz goblet is beautifully adorned from base to top with Celtic filigree, while Matthew's design is directly inspired by the angelic depiction from the Book of Kells, based on the representation of Matthew as the 'winged man' from the Book of Revelations.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.