Tue, 8th Oct 2019 10:00

20th Century Design

  Lot 89


Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928),
a green painted Windsor chair, designed for Miss Cranston's Dutch Kitchen, Argyle Tearooms, Glasgow, 1906, with a later inscribed top rail 'Secretary's OURS Chair',
35.5cm wide
73cm high

Literature: Roger Billcliffe, 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs', 1st Edition, Guildford, 1979, illustrated p.191.

This chair was donated to the Glasgow 'Ours' Club by the secretary, as was their tradition, and the top rail is carved 'Secretary's OURS chair' accordingly.

'From a communication received from Mr Charles Clarke, 8 Bankside Avenue, Johnstone, it appears that, meeting Mr William Sloan in Glasgow towards the end of 1871, he suggested the desirability of forming a Club or Society for the study of philology or cognate subjects. These gentlemen being schoolmasters, the suggestion was met with hearty approval from their scholastic friends and thus the Club was instituted in 1871 with Mr William Sloan as President and Mr Clarke as Secretary.

The name they gave themselves at first was 'The Philological Society of Glasgow', but even in the first session, this was found too cumbrous and perhaps somewhat pretentious, and on the suggestion of Mr Clarke the name was changed to that we all love, viz: 'OURS'.'

Lyon and Turnbull, Decorative Arts, 17 April 2002, lot 428.

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Sold for £6,200



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Auction: 20th Century Design, Tue, 8th Oct 2019


4 October 2019 9am - 5pm
6 October 2019 10am - 1pm
7 October 2019 9am - 5pm
8 October 2019 from 9am

Removal of Lots

All lots should be removed by 5pm on Friday 18 October 2019.  Furniture lots remaining after this date will be removed to:  Perry Removals, Chapel End, Broxted, Essex CM6 2BW.  Removal will be at a cost of £20 per lot and storage will be charged at £2 per lot, per day.

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