Charles Rennie Mackintosh Chair

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Chair

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928) was a Scottish artist, designer and architect. Although he created this elegant style of chair in 1898/9 for Catherine Cranston's Argyle Street tea rooms in Glasgow city centre, he also used the design in the dining room of his own home. It was the first of many of his high-back chair designs.

Mackintosh had a lifelong interest in nature and this greatly influenced a lot of his earlier work. The oval head piece of the chair has been pierced with a silhouette which can be read as a flying bird; a motif used in the Argyle Street tea rooms.

Although the design of the chair looks simple, it has actually been built with a combination of different geometric shapes fitted together like a jigsaw. The curves in the oval head piece neatly slot into the back posts, which are rectangular at the bottom, but gradually taper off into a circular form as they reach the top.

The seat has horsehair upholstery. The colour has now faded; originally it was a bright blue and black chequer pattern.

This object from the collection of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery was selected by Monica Callaghan who created the Mackintosh House Relic Challenge

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