Ramsden & Carr, 1898-1919
, British, 1552 - 1599
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Overall: 104 x 187 x 187mm (4 1/8 x 7 3/8 x 7 3/8in.)
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Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1940.10
This Sterling silver bowl was designed by Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr in 1899.
It features an inscription which comes from "The Shepheardes Calendar: September" by Edmund Spenser first printed in 1579. It reads: "CONTENT WHO LIVES WITH TRIED STATE NEED FEAR NO CHANGE OF FROWNING FATE".
Ramsden and Carr were both Sheffield born but worked out of London. They were followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement which was a reaction against industrialisation and the mass produced pieces which had dominated the late nineteenth century. The Arts and Crafts movement strived to return to traditional craftsmanship and often features naturalistic designs and medieval or Celtic influences.
The hammering marks on this piece are left visible. Its hand-made appearance is typical of the Arts and Crafts movement.