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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928)

Lot 34: n - CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH

Sotheby's

December 17, 2004
New York, NY, US

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Description

ca. 1900

stained oak

Dimensions

32 7/8 in. (83.5 cm) high

Literature

Filipo Alison, Charles Rennie Mackintosh as a Designer of Chairs, New York, 1977, p. 43
Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, New York, 1979, p. 90

Notes

There were three variants if this chair designed for Miss Cranston's Ingram Street Tea Rooms. All with basic structure--straight backs with twin central slats and a cross panel with a cut-out arch shape. The two taller versions, used in the White Dining Room, incorporated a cut-out square in each slat. Billcliffe suggests that the present chair was one of a suite adapted from the original design for use in the Cloister Room, where the lower ceilings demanded a revision of the chair's proportions. In this shorter variant, the cut-out is able to more effectively serve its practical function as a hand grip as well as its aesthetic function as a decorative motif. Thirteen examples of this chair are currently in the collection of the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums and two are in the collection of the Glasgow School of Art.

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