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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928)

Lot 41: An ebonised centre table

Christie's

November 6, 2002
London, United Kingdom

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Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Walter W. Blackie Esq., Hill House, Helensburgh, 1905 Square top above apron set with four drawers, the canted corners pierced with squares, angled rectangular legs, X-shaped stretcher also pierced with squares 29 7/8in. (76cm.) high; 291/2in. by 293/4in. (75cm. by 76cm.) dimensions of top PROVENANCE Walter Blackie, Glasgow By descent to his grandson David Bisacre Sotheby's London, 17th April 1967, Lot 221 John Jesse, London Andy Warhol, New York Sotheby's New York, The Andy Warhol Collection, 23rd April 1988, Lot 186 American Private Collector from whom acquired by the Fine Art Society on behalf of the present consignor LITERATURE Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, New York, 1979, p. 181, Cat. No. 1905.19 EXHIBITION Spring'95, The Fine Art Society, London, Cat. No. 61 NOTES Alex Martin quoted œ6.7.6d and was paid on 8th December 1905. As a result of financial and business pressures in 1903 Walter Blackie had curtailed the number of items of furniture needed for The Hill House. In 1905 he recalled Mackintosh and commissioned a number of extra pieces to complete the furnishing of the drawing room. Among them was this table which demonstrates a then favourite motif of Mackintosh's, the twinning of legs and stretchers to make a more subtle and complex composition. This motif had been regularly used at Hous'hill for Miss Cranston in 1904 (see Lot 44) and was also used on chairs for The Hill House drawing room in 1905.

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