Display of 17th Century Communion Beakers Extended

19 March 2010

The opportunity to view a pair of 17th century communion beakers has been extended until Friday, 30 April at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums purchased one of the silver beakers with assistance from The Art Fund, the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery and the National Fund for Acquisitions.

The matching cup was purchased by National Museums Scotland and has been lent to Aberdeen Art Gallery so that both can be displayed together.

The base of each beaker is marked AG - most probably the mark of Alexander Galloway, a practising goldsmith in Aberdeen between 1670 and c. 1680.

They had been in the possession of Turriff Parish Church since the 17th century. They were sold to help fund the redevelopment of the church building after permission for the sale was obtained from the Kirk's Committee on Church Art and Architecture.

Aberdeen Art Gallery's lead curator Alison Fraser said: "We are delighted that National Museums Scotland has lent us the matching communion beaker. It allows visitors to the gallery to see both of these prestigious examples of early Aberdeen silver side by side."