Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Design for a Barrel Chair shown in Elevation and Plan, 1904
for the Willow Tea Rooms
inscribed 'Miss Cranstons Sauchiehall Street./Drawing of Chair at order desk./1 wanted.' and '140 Bath Street/Glasgow Jany 1904' and with scale indications; pencil, watercolour, irregular
579 x 396mm.
Herbert Smith Esq
(1) Billcliffe, D1904.25
Toronto, 1985, no.17

Lot Essay

A 1/12 scale drawing for the Order Desk Chair at the Willow Tea Room, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. This is one of Mackintosh's best known chairs, its fretted back arranged in the form of a stylised willow tree whose canopy rises upwards and then droops back down to earth. It formed a focal point in between the Front and Back Saloons of the Willow Tea Rooms, where the manageress relayed order from the waitresses to the kitchens beneath her.

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