The Willow Wood mirror came to life as designer, Vicky Lovatt created her own elegant female figures, inspired by the work of Margaret MacDonald, a leading member of ‘The Four’ (the group comprising Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Herbert MacNair, and sisters Margaret and Frances MacDonald). Vicky discovered a photograph of Margaret in an Art Deco outfit, including a wide headband with a heart at its centre, taken by her husband, Charles.
‘The Four’ were key artists of the Arts and Crafts movement, though elements of Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelitism are also visible in their work. Margaret was inspired by poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s work including his Willowwood sonnet collection. In 1903, the words from one sonnet, together with Margaret’s creative imagination, lead her to create the gesso panel, O Ye, All Ye Who Walk in Willowwood, in the Salon de Luxe in the original Willow Tea Rooms, in Glasgow. The poem creates a feeling of mystery, sadness but above all, of love. Vicky too, was inspired by Rossetti’s proses, and words appear in a ‘Mackintosh’ style font in her mirror.
Today, the original gesso panel resides in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, where visitors from around the world admire the design, craftsmanship and vision of Margaret MacDonald, who paved the way for the female designers that follow in her footsteps.
- Designer: Vicky Lovatt
- Dimensions: H 59.50 x W 50.50 x D 2.50 cm
- Availability: In Stock
- Product Width50.50cm
- Product Height59.50cm
- Product Depth2.50cm
- Designer:Vicky Lovatt