Lot 6
  • 6


20,000 - 30,000 GBP
100,000 GBP
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  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Winter Rose
  • signed and dated l.r.: C. R. MACKINTOSH, 1916; signed and inscribed by the artist on the reverse: WINTER ROSE-/ C.R. MACKINTOSH/ 2 HANS STUDIOS/ 43A GLEBE PLACE CHELSEA SW3
  • watercolour
  • 26.5 by 25.5cm., 10½ by 10in.


Sotheby's, Scone Palace, 29 August 1995, lot 983;
Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, The Taffner Collection, 7 September 2012, lot 63, where purchased by the present owner

Catalogue Note

‘Art is the flower – Life is the green leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing – something that will convince the world that there may be – there are – things more precious – more beautiful – more lasting – than life’ (Charles Rennie Mackintosh quoted in, R. Billcliffe, Mackintosh Watercolours, 1978, p.13). The present work was executed after Mackintosh’s stay in the Suffolk village of Walberswick and whilst working and living in the artistic milieu of Chelsea. The subject of the rose had become so characteristic of the Glasgow Style and Mackintosh in particular that it became known as the ‘Glasgow Rose’. Mackintosh recurrently used his iconic stylised and stencil-like rose motif, and the present work gives us an intriguing glimpse into an alternate handling of the artist’s most quintessential subject.