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Art is the Flower 159/18 Vase

Numbered Edition

Charles Rennie Mackintosh had no training in lithographic printing and only produced four posters during his lifetime, all in the mid-1890s. His watercolour ‘Autumn’ was transformed into a poster for the Scottish Musical Review, where his characteristic lettering appeared underneath his design of a single woman, her black hair billowing around her face, surrounded by white doves with pale pink stylised roses in their feathers.

Both Mackintosh’s design and colour palette inspired designer, Nicola Slaney. Her Art Nouveau lady adorns a prestige vase, and appears more at peace than Mackintosh’s, who appears almost imprisoned by the birds and linework of the original design. Purple, plum, green and gold are the colours of choice for Nicola.

At the base of the vase, Art IS THE FLOWER LIFE IS THE GREEN LEAF is written in fine tubelining. This quote came from Mackintosh’s ‘Seemliness’ lecture given in Glasgow in 1902, at which he famously said “Art is the flower – Life is the green leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful – more lasting than life itself.” Nicola, has taken those immortal words, and woven her magic to create a prestige vase that is an homage to Mackintosh’s sentiment – a vase that is precious, beautiful and lasting.

Ex Tax: £2,762.50
  • Designer: Nicola Slaney
  • Dimensions: H 45.00 x W 22.50 x D 22.50 cm
  • Availability: Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery


  • Product Width22.50cm
  • Product Height45.00cm
  • Product Depth22.50cm
  • Shape:159/18
  • Designer:Nicola Slaney
  • Edition:Numbered
  • Design Window (Style):Geometric & Stylised / People

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