Omar Ramsden

(1873—1939) silver designer

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(b Sheffield, 21 Aug 1873; d London, 9 Aug 1939). English silver designer. In 1897 he won a competition to design a mace for the city of Sheffield, which was made with the English silver designer Alwyn Carr (1872-1940). Both men went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London and in 1898 Ramsden and Carr set up in partnership in London to produce fine ‘art’ silver. They exploited the fashionable taste for handmade silver of the Arts and Crafts Movement and, with the help of skilled artisans, made articles adapted from Gothic and Renaissance designs. Wine coasters, bowls, ladles and sauceboats were ornamented with dog roses, oak leaves and briar twigs and applied with Celtic-style inscriptions, which became a trademark. They were patronized by Church bodies for their superbly wrought, large-scale ecclesiastical ornaments, such as monstrances and chalices. In 1905 the studio moved to larger premises in Fulham, London.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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