Candlestick by Margaret Macdonald

The artists and designers Margaret and Frances Macdonald were leading figures of the group now known as the Glasgow Girls.


Details

Medium:
Copper & enamel Dimensions: Height: 45.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£65,000 ( Total: £100,000)
Acquired in:
2011
Vendor:
Paul Reeves Ltd

With Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Herbert McNair they formed the creative alliance, the Group of Four. This piece is the only known collaborative candlestick by the two sisters. Collaboration was a central part of their philosophy, an approach closely allied to the tenets of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, the teaching of the Glasgow School of Art, and the practice of many of the Glasgow Girls. Not only did the sisters design their metalwork they also made the individual pieces. There does not appear to have been a clear division of responsibilities in the production of their work; both were skilled at design and making. The Hunterian has the major holding of the Macdonalds’ work as part of its unrivalled Mackintosh Collection.

Artists include

Provenance

Linda Rose Gallagher, early 1970’s; by family descent; Lyon and Turnbull, 2010; Paul Reeves and Geoffrey Diner. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register.

Venue details

Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, GLASGOW Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 4221 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

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