The office of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The office of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Designs for Writing Desks shown in Elevation and Plan, 1909
for the Ingram Street Tea Rooms
inscribed 'MISS CRANSTON'S TEAROOMS. INGRAM STREET./DETAIL of WRITING DESKS IN LADIES ROOM.' and '4 Blythswood SQ./GLASGOW OCT. 1909.' and with scale indications and other notes; pen and black ink, brown wash, on linen
420 x 714mm.
Herbert Smith Esq
(1) Billcliffe, D1909.16A; Washington, 1985, illus. p.11
Toronto, 1978, no.127; Washington, 1985, no.22

Lot Essay

Drawn by one of Mackintosh's assistants. Francis Smith supplied one square desk based on this drawing which is the only record of the appearance of these two items, now lost. Despite the apparent complexity of each desk, the low price charged for them suggests that they were simply executed in cheap materials with no glass or metal decoration.

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