Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A rare dark-stained oak high ladder-back chair, 1898-99
designed for both the Billiards and Smoking Rooms, at Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tea Rooms
slatted ladder back above shaped arms with panelled sides and shaped carved recessed seat, arched apron, on turned legs
Morrison McLeary, Auctioneer, Glasgow, circa 1958
The Studio, Vol.XXXIX, p.32 & 33, contemporary photographs; (1) Billcliffe, pl.1897.9 and design pl.D1897.10; (2) Billcliffe, p.28, example illustrated; (9) Howarth, pl.49B, contemporary photograph
Toronto, 1967, no.30; Toronto, 1978, no.107; Washington, 1985, no.33

Lot Essay

Designed in 1898-99 [see previous four lots], this piece, along with the oval backrail chair for the Luncheon Room [see lot 133], this piece is one of the most aesthetically satisfying of all the Argyle Street Tea Room furniture. It is very rare, with only five examples (including the two in the Howarth Collection) known to survive.

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