Ramsden & Carr, 1898-1919
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Overall: 200 x 136 x 135mm (7 7/8 x 5 3/8 x 5 5/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1940.11
This lidded bowl was made by the celebrated silversmiths Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr. They met while studying design at the Sheffield School of Art and formed a partnership in 1898, establishing a successful business in London. Ramsden and Carr were followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement which was a reaction against industrialisation and the mass produced objects which had dominated the late nineteenth century. Their style of handmade silverware conformed to the tastes of the period and their designs show influences of traditional English styles with the occasional hint of art nouveau.
This bowl was hallmarked in London in 1917. It has an unusual shape and shows traditional hand-raising techniques. The edge of the lid is decorated with a gadroon band and floral edging. The handle is decorated with a rose design. The bowl is inscribed on the base with the Latin words 'OMAR RAMSDEN ET ALWYN CARR ME FECERUNT', which translates literally as ‘Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr made me’.