Omar Ramsden Alwyn Carr Whitefriars Glasshouse Ramsden and Carr
Omar Ramsden, British, Vase, ca. 1914, Glass and silver; 43.8 x 28.9 x 27.9 cm (17 3/16 x 11 3/8 x 11 inches) across handles, Elizabeth T. and Dorothy N. Casey Fund 2000.16.1
Silversmiths Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr worked together from 1899 until 1918, during the height of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Under Ramsden’s design direction their shop’s finely executed handmade silver was informed by Celtic, medieval, Japanese and other eclectic sources. This vase was inspired by a Venetian glass vessel in the foreground of Hans Holbein the Younger’s painting, Georg Gisze: A German Merchant in London (1532). At a time when household goods were increasingly mass produced in factories, Ramsden and Carr sought to follow the Arts and Crafts movement’s concepts of social reform and improved quality through hand production.