A rare and unusual Art Nouveau polished cast iron chimneypiece very much in the
manner of the Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928).
This chimneypiece is identical to and made in the same series as our chimneypiece SNo 12624 now sold, but without the original woodgrain finish. It was built in two sections in the early 1900s by Wilson & Mathieson at their ironworks 'The Scotch Foundry' in Leeds. The foundry marks, Rd No. 393149, Design No. 100, can be seen on the back of the plaque please see image below
The two gently arched mirrors on the overmantle are framed by three pairs of tall lotus topped trees themselves framing three further tall slender stylised trees.
The frieze of the fire surround has an elaborately designed inset central plaque depicting a romantic landscape with a sickle moon rising over a distant mountain range, a north star, and a symbolic river entwining the trees. A bluebird, butterfly and dragonfly are in flight above a lake which is gently lapping against a shore in the foreground. Peering over the mountains to the right is the sleepy face of a setting sun. The plaque is framed by three Tulip Trees, there are two further trees set within niches on the frieze on either side and yet two more very tall variations on the tapering jambs.
English circa 1900.
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