Four Communion mugs by John Sutton

The Communion mugs were given to the Gloucester Independent Meeting by its founding minister James Forbes who was an influential dissenter ejected from Gloucester Cathedral at the Restoration.


Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Heights: 1) 10.1 cm; 2) 9.9 cm; 3) 9.8 cm; 4) 9.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,782 ( Total: £11,128)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
J H Bourdon-Smith Ltd

The vessels are examples of the early non-conformist practice of eschewing the designs of the established church. However, the choice of mugs for communion is unusual as the Congregationalists favoured wine goblets, beakers or double-handled cups.

Provenance

James Forbes and the Trustees of the Gloucester Independent Meeting, 1710; Congregational Church, 1715; Christie's, 1923; William Bruford & Son, Exeter, 1923; Southgate Congregatinal Church, 1923; HM Simmons, Cheltenham, 1928; Pearson family, Parham

Venue details

Museum of Gloucester Brunswick Road, GLOUCESTER Gloucestershire GL1 1HP 01452 396 131 www.gloucester.gov.uk/citymuseum

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

1 Apr  30 Sep
Tue  Sat, 10am  4pm

1 Oct  31 Mar
Tues  Sat, 10am  3pm
(Open Mon during school holidays)

Closed Christmas and New Year

Share this article