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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Balustrade Element from Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Property from a Private American Collection

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Balustrade Element from Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland

Balustrade Element from Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Property from a Private American Collection

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Balustrade Element from Miss Cranston's Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland


circa 1903

wrought iron and leaded glass

presently mounted on a painted wood board

35 1/4 x 30 7/8 x 1/2 in. (89.5 x 78.4 x 1.3 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The present lot is a rare architectural balustrade element from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s celebrated interior design of Miss Cranston’s Willow Tea Rooms. The highly sculptural wrought iron frame presents with some very minor surface irregularities inherent to the medium and its casting. The iron presents with scattered light surface scratches and minor abrasions throughout, particularly concentrated to the edges as consistent with gentle use. The iron exhibits areas of minor discoloration and traces of oxidation consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium, as well as some light surface soiling concentrated to the recessed areas of the design. The balustrade element retains two of its original apple green leaded glass panels and two leaded glass panels that appear to have been sensitively replaced at some point in the history of the piece. As illustrated in the catalogue photography, the two replacement glass panels are teal green and white respectively, which do not detract from the visual integrity of the design. The reverse of all four glass panels is white, which is typical of the colored glass used by Mackintosh. One of the original glass panels presents with a fine hairline crack to the center and the other presents with a fine “V” hairline crack to the center; these hairlines would likely benefit from professional restoration and stabilization at the buyer’s discretion. Three of the four glass panels present with looseness but are stable in place within the iron frame. The glass presents with light surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the leadlines, not visually distracting. The piece is presently mounted on a painted wood board which may be removed at the buyer’s discretion for alternative presentations. A very rare and visually striking architectural design from one of Mackintosh’s most famous and important commissions. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow, Scotland
William Ward, Esq.
Thomas Howarth
Christie's London, The Dr. Thomas Howarth Collection, February 17, 1994, lot 135
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Thomas Howarth, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Modern Movement, London, 1977, pl. 54 (for a period photograph of the balustrade in "The Willow" dining room, 1904)
Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings & Interior Designs, London, 1986, p. 129 (for the above mentioned period photograph)
Wendy Kaplan, ed., Charles Rennie Mackintosh, London, 1996, p. 276 (for the above mentioned period photograph)