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Spring 73/18 Vase

Numbered Edition

The Macdonald sisters completed a four seasons series, starting with Spring by Frances in 1897. The dichotomy between feminine and masculine aspects of the artwork is seen. Spring, especially, is seen as a fertile, maternal figure with her feminine attributes clearly delineated. While Frances designed Spring and Autumn, Margaret created Summer and Winter in 1898. It is said Frances struggled throughout her life with not fitting in, caught between the world of motherhood and the world of public expectations. Inspired by the MacDonald’s new kind of symbolic spirituality, Nicola draws on the ethereal qualities of the Spring design where the elongated female forms, plant roots and soft green leaves rise up as if under a spell to curve around the angles of the vase. The ladies appear to glide as if tree wisps from a supernatural realm and delicate spring flowers float like surreal blue butterflies gliding in an out of the long, dark silhouetted hair of the female forms. Purple is used in this design of indulgence to give the female form colours associated with regal titles and the divine feminine form. Indeed, it is this somewhat mysterious palette and imagery that gave The Four the reputation as the ‘Spook School.’

Ex Tax: £3,550.00
  • Designer: Nicola Slaney
  • Dimensions: H 46.50 x W 25.00 x D 25.00 cm
  • Availability: Delivery may be up to 14 weeks


  • Product Width25.00cm
  • Product Height46.50cm
  • Product Depth25.00cm
  • Shape:73/18
  • Designer:Nicola Slaney
  • Edition:Numbered
  • Collection:The Glasgow Four Collection
  • Design Window (Style):People

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