Twin Rivers Farm Sign

THE ART NOUVEAU font style used on this distinctive farm sign is called ‘Rennie Mackintosh’, named after the man who designed it, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Macintosh (who lived from 1868 to 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer and water colour artist and was the main representative of art nouveau in the United Kingdom, having a large influence on European design. He lived most of his life in Glasgow during the industrial revolution. This was a time when mass-produced items were gaining popularity and accessibility, and there was an increasing demand for consumer goods and arts. It was also a time when Japan began to have a considerable influence around the world, and Asian style, together with ever-increasing modernist ideas, had a big influence on Mackintosh’s work. Japanese design became so popular, in fact, that a new term was coined – ‘Japonism’. Mackintosh admired eastern design for its restraint and economy of lines, free of clutter and using simple materials. He preferred using texture and light rather than pattern and ornamentation in the days where western styles saw furniture as an ornament to show off the owner’s wealth, and the longer it took to make it, the higher the value. Japanese arts, by contrast, focused on quality and tended to create a calm space. Although Mackintosh became known as the pioneer of modernism which was emerging at this time, his designs were quite different from most modernist designs, which were innovative but at times rather bleakly utilitarian and plain. He wanted to create designs for people as individuals, and wanted objects and living spaces to be works of art. Later in life, he gave up architecture and concentrated almost entirely on watercolor painting, together with his artist wife, Margaret McDonald.

The trout on this sign was hand sculpted and painted, and the letters were hand carved and gilded in 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
24 " x 17 "