Mackintosh Spurge Ceramic Coaster
Made in the North East of England by a small tile specialist.
This is a composite botanical study. At top left is a periwinkle, probably greater periwinkle (Vinca major). The main subject, spurge, is centrally placed. To the right are two flowers of a rhododendron. By 1909, when Mackintosh completed this drawing, the style and format of his flower drawings were well established. The flowers are laid out to show structure and to create surface pattern using fine pencil drawing and subtle colour washes.