St Agnes Cup, detail of lid. British Museum, London. Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 3.0 unported. Photographer; Fae

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The Royal Gold Cup – an object for the nation

  • Tuesday 6 December 2022
  • Lecturer: Neil Stratford

In 1892 the British Museum acquired the cup, one of the great French masterpieces of the fourteenth century. The lecture will examine the massive enamelled gold cup and its techniques, as well as its extraordinary history, from the Valois court, first recorded in 1391, to England, to Spain in 1604, to Paris in 1883, where it was considered a fake and bought by Baron Pichon, ending up with Franks in the British Museum.


 Neil Stratford was Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities in the British Museum from 1975 to 1998. He is a member of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and Professor Emeritus of the École nationale des chartes. Neil has recently published a monograph on the cup in French, published by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in Paris.

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