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Keswick School of Industrial Arts copper vases


Antique reference 2127

A pair of Arts and Crafts copper vases by Keswick School of Industrial Arts



Keswick School of Industrial Arts – rare pair of Arts and Crafts copper vases decorated with 2 palm trees and coconuts. Not a design I have come across before and possible a commission. Marked to base KSIA. English c 1900 16 cm tall. Excellent original condition and a beautiful example of English Arts and Crafts metalwork of this period.


The KSIA was established in the Lake District in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife Edith and ran for 100 years until 1984. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (1851-1920) was the vicar of Crosthwaite Church, a Canon of Carlisle and a founder member of The National Trust.

The conditions imposed for attending the class were that each man should be locally born and lead a temperate and steady life.

‘The Aim of this school is to find remunerative employment for working men and others, in spare hours, or when out of work, by teaching them such art industries as can be profitably carried out in their own homes’.

The KSIA joined the HAIA in November 1884 at which time it had 30 members aged between 15 and 50. Unlike the other metalwork guilds within the HAIA the KSIA also exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society’s exhibitions.

KSIA produced high quality and well designed wares in copper, brass, pewter, stainless steel and silver. Much work in silver was produced for churches throughout the land. In the 1930’s a large part of the Schools work was made in ‘Firths Staybrite’ a form of stainless steel which for a long time was very successful. As well as everyday items stainless steel jewellery was also made inspired by Norse designs in the late 1960’s.

Date c 1900

Condition Excellent original condition.

Dimensions Approximate height 16cm

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