Communion plate set by Unknown Artist

These three sets of communion plate represent three phases of acquisition by Castle Bromwich church, reflecting changing liturgical and ecclesiastical practice from late medieval catholicism to mid 18th century Anglicanism.


Art Fund grant:
£27,000 ( Total: £54,000)
Acquired in:
Parish Church of Castle Bromwich

1) The small paten is very rare as so little Pre-Reformation plate survives; 2) The 17th century wine cup was a popular secular vessel which only survived due its use as a piece of Anglican communion plate. 3) The flagons and standing paten by Anthony Nelme (main illustration) are excellent examples of clean, pared down classicism, and fantastic examples of early Georgian silver. Birmingham possesses an outstanding collection of silver and ormolu by Matthew Boulton, and other major goldsmiths. It's representation of the 17th and 18th centuries will be greatly enhanced by the Castle Bromwich altar plate.


Castle Bromwich Chapel. The works were on loan to the museum from 1984 to 2010.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 348 8000

Entry details

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