Item MC/F/107L - Lampshade for Library, Glasgow School of Art: Central Cluster- New Small Canister

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MC/F/107L

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Lampshade for Library, Glasgow School of Art: Central Cluster- New Small Canister

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  • c2018 (Creation)

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12 of 49

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Originally, and according to Mackintosh’s preparatory sketches, there were thought to be 53 individual lights in the library, each with punched holes in the inner reflectors which allowed light to pass through blue and purple glass. The central array was made up of 12 small canisters attached to the light frame on the ceiling, with eight medium pendants and five large pendants hanging below. There were an additional twelve medium canisters attached to the coffered ceiling both above and below the library balcony, making 24. Originally there were also four additional medium hanging pendants in each of the south and western window bays, though these four lights, and the medium canister in the librarians office, had all been removed before the fire in 2014, meaning there were 48 in the library. The library was destroyed by the fire, though many metal fragments from the lights were salvaged, allowing twenty eight to be reconstructed from the original metal pieces, eleven to be made from a mix of original and new pieces (composites) and fifteen new lamps created. All the restoration work and shades was undertaken by Rodney French of Lonsdale & Dutch of Edinburgh.

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(1921-)

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Established in Edinburgh in 1921, Lonsdale and Dutch specialise in the manufacture of hand-made architectural lanterns and light fittings in iron, copper, steel, lead and pewter, using traditional methods.

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Brass and zinc alloy, coloured glass inset

Dimensions: 275 x 140 x 140 mm

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GB 1694 MC/F/107L

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GB 1694

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition

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