Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Alfred Jones (1864-1936)
Height: 14 cm
English (probably Cirencester), circa 1905-10
‘A J’ under base
Presumably Alfred Jones; […]; Peter Cameron, 2021
This heavy-gauge silver chalice expresses the Arts & Crafts Movement’s debt to the Gothic Revival. The form is directly based on mediaeval prototypes, but the light hammer-marks on the unadorned bowl, together with the plain stem and base, are in keeping with the spirit of Arts & Crafts manufacture.
Alfred Jones lived at Edgeworth Manor, Cirencester. He is thought to have been an accomplished and presumably comfortably-off amateur, who made things mainly for his own pleasure. Thus, this chalice has no more than his mark and does not bear an assay mark.
Jones made a chalice for his local church, St Mary the Virgin; he is also thought to have made some of his own furniture, as well as being a patron of Peter Waals.