Communion Cup and Paten Cover by John Jones of Exeter

The work is arguably the best surviving example of a communion cup by the maker, one of the most important and successful provincial goldsmiths of the Elizabethan era.


Height: 20.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £4,000)
Acquired in:
Parish of Central Exeter

The cup has been on display in the museum for more than half a century. It is valued as one of the most significant objects within the museum's large collection of West Country silver. Within the new RAMM Devon and Exeter History Galleries the cup is interpreted as a key object in the story of the relationship between church and state and of the development of craft and patronage.


Commissioned by St. Petrock’s Church, Exeter in 1571; deposited on loan at the RAMM by the Parish of Central Exeter in 1952.

Venue details

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Queen Street, EXETER Devon EX4 3RX 01392 665858

Entry details

Free to all

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