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    Sale 7620

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    28 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1868-1928)

    GARDEN BENCH, CIRCA 1912

    Price Realised  

    CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1868-1928)
    GARDEN BENCH, CIRCA 1912
    for Hill House, stained oak
    22 in. (57 cm.) high; 102 in. (259.8 cm.) wide; 35 in. (89.5 cm.) deep


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    William Jack, the joiner for the garden furniture was paid in November 1912. He had previously quoted for benches in different sizes; full length, three quarters and half sizes. A bench 2.03 metres wide survives at Hill House with three panels to the back. The present lot has four panels and its length corresponds to the 'full length' description in Mackintosh's job books. The accompanying table has not been traced.

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh had previously designed a large semi-circular seat and table for Windyhill in 1903, but these have not been located.
    Christie's wishes to thank Roger Billcliffe for his assistance with cataloguing this lot.

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    Provenance

    Walter Blackie at The Hill House
    Thence by descent to Agnes Blackie
    Purchased from Agnes Blackie and sold in Chairs, Christie's, London, 11 May 1999, lot 32


    Literature

    Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh the Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings & Interior Designs, New York, 1979, pp. 216-217 (refers to the tripartite back version), pl. 1912.1 (tripartite design illustrated)
    Roger Billcliffe, Mackintosh Furniture, Moffat, 1990, p. 189 (tripartite design illustrated)