Thursday, 28 July 2011

G is for Glasgow

To continue my alphabet of British Arts and Crafts metalware - G is for the Glasgow School of Art.

An internationally renown art college with buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Associated with the "Glasgow Boys" and "Glasgow Girls". Some art metal work was produced but is unmarked. For the purposes of  this posting I am interested in the Glasgow style as applied to arts and crafts metal ware.

Item made by the likes of Marion Henderson Wilson and Margaret Gilmour are typical of the style. The style is now very familiar to us as the motifs are still very popular. Typical element in the designs include, stylised roses, long thin stems, symmetrical foliate pattern, celtic knots and art nouveau girls staring mistily in to space.

Most items are made from brass with some copper and pewter. I have wondered why the artisans of English arts and crafts movement 
preferred to work in copper, whilst there Scottish contemporaries preferred brass ! 

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