Published: 04/04/2008 00:00 - Updated: 30/11/2011 12:05

Tain's silver comes home

Allistair Jupp, chairman of Tain and District Museum, with the £15,000 silver quaich
Allistair Jupp, chairman of Tain and District Museum, with the £15,000 silver quaich

TAIN is celebrating a "homecoming" after a rare quaich dating back more than 250 years was returned to "its rightful home". And now Tain and District Museum has put the drinking vessel, bought for £15,000 and crafted around 1740 by either Hugh Ross or his son, on display for the local community to see. It was snapped up at auction with the help of the charity, The Art Fund. The cup is the work of either silversmith Hugh Ross or his son, also Hugh. The father and son team worked in Tain during the first half of the eighteenth century. Morag Bremner, manager of the Tain and District Museum, said, "The Art Fund's continued support has been indispensable. With their generosity, we are able to flesh out our already expanding portfolio of Hugh Ross works and thus further engage the community in Tain's history and silversmithing." The newly acquired local craftsmanship is the 100th item to be added to the museum's collection and is one of only three examples of Ross quaichs which are known to exist. Two previous grants from The Art Fund have been awarded to the museum £9,410 in 2000 and £10,610 in 2004. These were used to purchase the other two Hugh Ross I silver cups. David Barrie, director of The Art Fund, said, "It's fitting that this rare and quintessentially Scottish piece should be housed at Tain. This is the third time The Art Fund has been able to help the museum acquire Hugh Ross silver, and I'm very pleased that the quaich will be enjoyed in its rightful home." All three pieces will be displayed in the Tain and District Museum's permanent collection.

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