Hunterian Art Gallery, Mackintosh Online Catalogue - OBJECT DETAILS

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GLAHA 41222
Cabinet, for the drawing room, 120 Mains Street, Glasgow; version of a design for the drawing room, 14 Kingsborough Gardens, Glasgow for Mrs Rowat 1902
(furniture)

DES MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)


Materials:
oak, painted white, with glass inlays, silver-dipped brass handles and fittings; insides of doors si
Dimensions:
154.3 x 99.3 x 39.7
Frame:
Marks:
References:
p.315 (ill.no.657) MORLEY, John 1999 'Furniture, the Western Tradition: History, Style, Design', London: Thames and Hudson
Notes:
In 1902, Mackintosh furnished and decorated a drawing room for Mrs Robert Rowat at 34 Kingsborough Gardens, Glasgow. Duplicates of the pair of showpiece Rowat cabinets were made for the Mackintoshes flat at 120 Mains Street and subsequently brought to their new home at Florentine Terrace. This cabinet, demure when closed, the doors open to reveal a highly decorative interior depicting stylised figures in glass set into silvered panels which play a major part. The formal composition is equally rich and the components of the carcass are tapered and curved into arabesques of complimentary curves. Even the lower edges of the doors are swept into measured curves. Painting the furntiure allowed Mackintosh to create a flawless surface which masked the carved, raw timber beneath. The image shows the item on public display in The Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery.
Keywords:
FURNITURE : DECORATIVE ART : DRAWING ROOM : 120 MAINS STREET, GLASGOW : CABINET : 14 KINGSBOROUGH GARDENS, GLASGOW : MRS ROWAT : 78 SOUTHPARK AVENUE, GLASGOW : 6 FLORENTINE TERRACE, GLASGOW : CRM ONLINE :

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