The hammered spreading bases with reeded borders rising to flared supports for the vase-shaped glass bodies, the latter held by 6 straps fastened to tapering necks. The looped handles formed as 4 large wires, the two inner ones descending down the necks whilst the two outer spread partially around the necks forming scrolling branches with embossed grapes and leaves. The hinged lids with plain angled and facetted thumbpieces and mounted with 5 square citrines. Each base inscribed "Omar Ramsden Me Fecit"
Important Private Collection
Very few pairs of claret jugs by Omar Ramsden have ever appeared on the market, the most notable being those from the Campbell Collection and sold by Christies, London, on 20th April, 2005, lot 10 for £47,000 including premium. The difference in the heights is probably due to the glass being hand blown which was possibly made by The Whitefriars glassworks of James Powell and Sons. There is no evidence of the glass being replaced and small imperfections in the finished product indicate that the glass is original. One of the glass bodies is slightly darker in colour perhaps for making the identification of two different wines somewhat easier.
The Campbell pair are much earlier being made by Ramsden and Carr in 1907 and have a strong Celtic revival theme. Their elaborate ribbed bases, ornate collars and scrolling straps are in stark contrast to the more restrained elegance of this pair.
This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful and great lot by one of the most famous silversmiths of the 20th century.