Lot 424
  • 424

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
14,900 GBP
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  • A ladderback chair, designed for W.J. Basset-Lowke for the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate, Northampton
mahogany, the stepped ladderback extending to the feet, the sides with two stretchers and one to the front, upholstered in woven wool fabric


It is believed this example was shown, Bethnal Green Museum, London, 50 Years of Modern Design, 1966. A copy of a photograph showing purportedly this chair at the exhibition is available upon request.


Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, New York, 1979, p. 231, Cat. No. 1917.13

Catalogue Note

As Bilcliffe notes, two pairs of chairs of this design were made, a pair for W.J. Basset-Lowke for use in the guest bedroom at 78 Derngate, and two for Mr Horstmann, who lived in Bath. This latter commission has survived complete and is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bilcliffe (op.cit. p.221) goes on to outline how the suite was sold by Mr Basset-Lowke by a local furniture dealer, Mr Cave, shortly before the family's move to a new home, New Ways, where they would be unable to accomodate it.  

Mr Cave left the original suite to his daughter and it was offered in these rooms, Applied Arts, 21st October 1988, lots 94-101.  This lot is sold with a copy of a letter from Mr Cave's daughter, confirming it was purchased from Mr Basset-Lowke by her parents.