As nothing that Mackintosh and Margaret ever did was simply decoration it was accepted that there must be a theme to the series of panels. Generally, their work was inspired by ancient Celtic myths and legends, and by tales of spiritual enlightenment.
Therefore, Dai and Jenny decided to base their work on The Story of the Rose, which is basically a love story culminating in a mystic marriage. The rose, it should be remembered, is in the West as the lotus is in the East. The theme feels right, as the turn of the century was a time of great interest in spiritual matters, giving rise to esoteric societies such as Theosophy and Rosicrucianism.
These gesso panels are therefore interpretations of the designs in the original perspective drawings and are set at frieze height into dark oak panelling.