painted cast and wrought iron, made by George Adam & Sons, Havelock Street, Glasgow, the key with swollen cylindrical shaft and terminal of square outline, cast and pierced with totemic motif, the pierced top rim suspending a planished silver plaque with chain, bearing the inscription WITH THIS KEY/ SIR JAMES KING BART./ OF CAMPSIE, L.L.D. D.L./ OPENED THE DOOR OF/ THE GLASGOW SCHOOL/ OF ART. DECEMBER 20TH/ 1899., the silver plaque hallmarked Glasgow 1899 and with indistinct maker's marks, possibly James Reid & Co., Glasgow, the whole contained within original oak presentation case with velvet lining (2)
Key 20cm long, 4.8cm wide; Pendant 5.2cm square; Total length with chain 28.5cm; Box: 27cm x 2.5cm x 10.5cm
Provenance: Sir James King Bart. of Campsie and by family descent
Literature: Buchanan, William 'Mackintosh's Masterwork: The Glasgow School of Art', Bloomsbury 2004
Moffat, Alistair 'Remembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh: An Illustrated Biography', Colin Baxter Photography Ltd., 1989
University of Glasgow: 'Mackintosh Architecture, Context Making and Meaning' http://www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk
Glasgow School of Art Archives
Note: This remarkable object, a key for the opening ceremony of Glasgow School of Art in 1899, was designed by the architect of the new school, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. As an architect and designer Mackintosh is seen as a 'key transitional figure from the historicism of the 19th century to the abstraction of the 20th century'. With his masterwork the new Glasgow School of Art of 1899 and 1910, came a building that has come to symbolise his achievement as an architect. It speaks to this transition, with its roots in the Scottish tradition of building but with the influences of many including English Vernacular architecture, the architecture of the Arts & Crafts Movement and the Cult of Japan.
The architectural competition for a new School of Art took place in 1896. The previous year the Bellahouston Trustees, a group of Glasgow businessmen and public officials who managed an estate of nearly £500,000, agreed to buy the Renfrew Street site for £6000 and present it to the School, with an additional £4000 for the building fund, on condition that the School raised a further £6000. Eight Glasgow architects were asked to take part in a competition for the new School, including John Honeyman & Keppie, where Mackintosh was employed as a junior draughtsman. Sir James King and Sir Renny Watson were appointed to assess the plans.
The winning entry, submitted in Mackintosh's hand, was John Honeyman & Keppie. It had become clear to all the competing architects that there were not sufficient funds to complete the building as the trustees had wanted so it was reluctantly agreed that work should proceed only on the central and eastern half of the building only. Building work commenced in 1897 and by December 1899 the first phase of the School had been completed.
The minutes of the board of the School of Art record the elaborate preparations for the opening of the new school in the early months of 1899. "Sir Francis Powell to ask if Princess Louise could be induced to come about the middle to end of October" records one entry. In the end, Princess Louise was unavailable and, after some deliberation by the board it was decided to ask Sir James King to open the school. Sir James King (1830-1911) had been the Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1886-9 and was the chairman of the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition. As well as running his own family business he was a director and chairman of the Clydesdale Bank and played an active part in the public affairs of Glasgow, including as a trustee of the Bellahouston Trustees, which contributed to generously to the building of the new school.
The minutes later commented that "…at the suggestion of the headmaster (Francis "Fra" Newbery) it was recommended that the function should take place towards the end of the year including the Christmas holidays, when for a week or 10 days the Public might be invited to view the school, and where an exhibition of student's work could be made in the main rooms".
And so the stage was set and a date of 20th December decided upon. The minutes go on to describe the events of the day, including the crucial moment when the key, designed by Mackintosh, opened the building; "Representatives met in the Corporation Galleries at 2.30 o'clock - where they were received by the Chairman and Governors, and having adhibited their names to an illuminated document prepared by Miss Ann Macbeth a student of the School - were presented to the Hon the Lord Provost Samuel Chisholm.
A procession was then formed - walking to the front entrance of the New Building, where a wrought iron key was presented on a white satin cushion by little Miss Mary Newbery to Sir James King Bart. of Campsie who then performed the Ceremony of unlocking the door. Miss Elsie Newbery at same time presented a bouquet to Mrs Chisholm.
A large party of ladies and gentlemen, on the invitation of the Chairman and Governors, were assembled in one of the class rooms, the platform being fully occupied by the numerous Representatives present…the whole Company (then) proceeded to inspect the premises and were further entertained with a light refreshment. The same evening a Re-union of students took place in the rooms which was largely attended and a most enjoyable evening was spent. A varied programme having been provided."
This contemporary account is almost entirely verified by the same little girl when she gave an interview, at 92 years old, to the author Alistair Moffat in 1985. Unlike the Board of Governors Mary Newbery (Sturrock) remembers some of the details the officials missed.
"When Glasgow School of Art opened in 1899 I remember a grey shady afternoon. Not a big crowd but quite an assembly of people arriving at the school and going into the first hall. After we'd been there a bit, a certain amount of talk and then we were all shooed out. Everybody stood out on the steps. Then there was another pause, then I'm afraid there were speeches. I don't remember what they said I just remember waiting. Then I was shepherded up holding a small, oblong, pale, pearly silk cushion with a silver fringe round. It was oblong so as to be suitable to hold the special key of the front door. This cushion was made by Mrs. Mackintosh and my mother.
Thinking about this lately, the formal ceremony would be arranged by my father who had a touch of pageantry. He liked formal things done properly. Then the door was unlocked and in we went. There was a feeling of cheerful achievement. I don't remember Mackintosh being present at the ceremony but I'm sure he must have been there somewhere in the building. When he did the work on the Glasgow School of Art he was only a draughtsman in Keppie's office. Then he was made a junior partner. But in all these jobs, Keppie always maintained they were done by the firm.
I think Margaret must have got the cushion home because it would have been very suitable for us to play with. But the cushion was very fine. The thing is the Mackintoshes were perfectionists and they couldn't have an ordinary key. The door had a special plate and to open that interesting door of the new School of Art there had to be a proper key and that key had to be laid on a special cushion, and they couldn't have just bought a Victorian cushion for a Mackintosh key. That's the thing - Mackintosh wasn't all that fussy, as they said he was, but to get things right he had to design them. I remember the key quite clearly now, shining pale in this grey afternoon when it was raining slightly, a drizzle, a real Glasgow afternoon. I was six."
How the key was commissioned is unclear. It may be that Newbery, as the architect of the ceremony and his "touch of pageantry", commissioned it from Mackintosh, and perhaps also paid for it. An entry in the Job Books dated 26 April 1900 notes an invoice from the blacksmith and metalworker George Adam & Son for '£2 10s 0d'. The entry also reads 'Key for opening (Newbery)', just under an entry for the same maker for the Fleming Memorial for £39.0.0, also marked '(Newbery)', further suggesting his personal involvement. George Adam established his firm around 1874, and whose firm became George Adam & Son when his eldest son, James joined the firm in 1896. At this time the work the firm was additionally described as 'art metal works' and now also undertook 'gates, railings, roofing, casements etc. Many of the decorative metal brackets on the front of the school, the aluminium totems and the balcony for the headmaster's balcony were made by the firm as the accounts show. The iron key is skilfully wrought with its totemic square terminal enclosing overlaid plant motifs is pierced with a series of circular apertures and painted black. Attached to the key by a chain is a planished silver commemorative plaque, probably applied after the ceremony. It is engraved with an inscription describing the key and its part in the opening of the School. The silver is hallmarked Glasgow 1899 and the engraved lettering almost exactly matches the typeface used by the School of Art at this time, for example on the cover of its Prospectus and its Annual Report. The maker's mark, which is mis-struck, was possibly for James Reid & Co. A silver and enamel commemorative Quaich with the same maker's mark was made for the school by Dorothy Carleton Smyth, William Armstrong Davidson and Margaret De Courcy Lewthwaite Dewar. Sold in these rooms it is now held at the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery in Glasgow (Lot 52, Taffner Collection, 7th September 2012). Also engraved on the plaque is a thistle and a leaf scroll within incused squares. The key and its plaque are mounted in a handmade oak presentation box, with a fitted interior lined in velvet to hold the key, presumably made as a presentation to Sir James to commemorate his part in the proceedings.
What is clear from all of the contemporary accounts is that Mackintosh is barely mentioned. He is certainly not credited as the architect and was not involved in any of the labyrinthine speeches and ceremony, or in any of the minutes - that fell to John Keppie as was the custom. Writing to his fiend Hermann Muthesius after the laying of the foundation stone the previous year he bemoans his anonymity; "You must understand that for the time being I am under a cloud - as it were - although the building in Mitchell Street here was designed by me the architects are or were Messrs Honeyman & Keppie - who employ me as an assistant. You will see that is very unfortunate for me, but I hope, when brighter days come, I shall be able to work for myself entirely and claim the work as mine". Those brighter days did come and by the time the second phase opened in 1910 he was finally recognised as the architect.
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(a) notify us in writing within one month of receiving any information that causes the original purchaser of record to dispute the accuracy of the Bold or Capitalised type heading, specifying the Lot number, date of the auction at which it was purchased and the reasons for such dispute; and
(b) return the Lot to our registered office in the same condition as at the date of sale to the original purchaser of record and be able to transfer good title to the Lot, free from any third party claims arising after the date of such sale.
We have discretion to waive any of the above requirements. We may require the original purchaser of the Lot to obtain, at the original purchaser of Lot’s cost, the reports of two independent and recognised experts in the field. The reports must be mutually acceptable to us and the original purchaser of the Lot. We shall not be bound by any reports produced by the original purchaser of the Lot, and Reserves the right to seek additional expert advice at its own expense. It is specifically understood and agreed that the rescission of a sale and the refund of the original Purchase Price paid (the successful Hammer Price, plus the Buyer’s Premium) is exclusive and in lieu of any other remedy which might otherwise be available as a matter of law. Lyon & Turnbull and the Seller shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages incurred or claimed, including without limitation, loss of profits or interest.
3. YOUR WARRANTIES
(a) You warrant that the funds used for settlement are not connected with any criminal activities, including tax evasion and You are neither; under investigation, have been charged with or convicted of money laundering, terrorist activities or other crimes.
(b) Where You are bidding on behalf of another person You warrant that:
(i) You have conducted appropriate customer due diligence on the ultimate Buyer(s) of the Lot(s) in accordance with all relevant anti-money laundering legislation, consent to us relying on this due diligence, and You will retain for a period of not less than five years the documentation evidencing the due diligence. You will make such documentation promptly available for immediate inspection by a third party auditor upon our written request to do so;
(ii) The arrangements between You and the ultimate Buyer(s) in relation to the Lot or otherwise do not, in whole or in part, facilitate tax crimes, and;
(iii) You do not know, and have no reason to suspect that the funds used for settlement are connected with the proceeds of any criminal activity, including tax evasion, or that the ultimate Buyer(s) are under investigation or have been charged with or convicted of money-laundering, terrorist activities, or other crimes.
1. MAKING PAYMENT
(a) Within 7 days of a Lot being sold You will pay to us the Total Amount Due in cash or by such other method as is agreed by us. We accept cash, bank transfer (details on request), debit cards and Visa or MasterCard credit cards. Please note that we do not accept cash payments over £5,000 per Buyer per year.
(b) Any payments by You to us can be applied by us towards any sums owing by You to us howsoever incurred and without agreement by You or Your agent, whether express or implied.
(c) We will only accept payment from the registered Bidder. Once issued, we cannot change the Buyer’s name on an invoice or re-issue the invoice in a different name.
(d) The ownership of any Lots purchased shall not pass to You until You have made payment in full to us of the Total Amount Due. The risk in and the responsibility for the Lot will transfer to You from whichever is the earlier of the following:
(i) When You collect the Lot; or
(ii) At the end of the 30th day following the date of the auction, or, if earlier, the date the Lot is taken into care by a third party unless we have agreed otherwise with You in writing.
(e) You shall at Your own risk and expense take away any Lots that You have purchased and paid for not later than 7 working days following the day of the auction or upon the clearance of any cheque used for payment whichever is later. We can provide You with a list of shippers. However, we will not be responsible for the acts or omissions of carriers or packers whether or not recommended by us.
(f) No purchase can be claimed or removed until it has been paid for.
(g) It is the Buyer’s responsibility to ascertain collection procedures, particularly if the sale is not being held at our main sale room and the potential storage charges for Lots not collected by the appropriate time.
(h) If you agree to our pack and send service (if applicable) payment of shipping fees must be made prior to us posting. Any shipping fee will be inclusive of VAT.
2. IN THE EVENT OF NON-PAYMENT
If any Lot is not paid for in full and taken away in accordance with these Conditions or if there is any other breach of these Conditions, we, as agent for the Sellers and on their behalf, shall at our absolute discretion and without prejudice to any other rights we may have, be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights and remedies:
(a) To proceed against You for damages for breach of contract;
(b) To rescind the contract for sale of that Lot and/or any other Lots sold by us to You;
(c) To resell the Lot(s) (by auction or private treaty) in which case You shall be responsible for any resulting deficiency in the Total Amount Due (after crediting any part payment and adding any resale costs).
(d) To remove, store and insure the Lot in the case of storage, either at our premises or elsewhere and to recover from You all costs incurred in respect thereof;
(e) To charge interest at a rate of 5% a year above the Bank of Scotland base rate from time to time on all sums outstanding for more than 7 working days after the sale;
(f) To retain that or any other Lot sold to You until You pay the Total Amount Due;
(g) To reject or ignore bids from You or Your agent at future auctions or to impose conditions before any such bids shall be accepted;
(h) To apply any proceeds of sale of other Lots due or which become due to You towards the settlement of the Total Amount Due by You and to exercise a lien over any of Your property in our possession for any purpose until the debt due is satisfied. You will be deemed to have granted such security to us and we may retain such property as collateral security for Your obligations to us; we may decide to sell Your property in any way we think appropriate. We will use the proceeds of the sale against any amounts You owe us and we will pay any amount left from that sale to You. If there is a shortfall, You must pay us the balance; and
(i) Take any other action we see necessary or appropriate.
G. COLLECTION & STORAGE
(1) It is the Buyer’s responsibility to ascertain collection procedures, particularly if the sale is not being held at our main sale room and the potential storage charges for Lots not collected by the appropriate time. Information on collection is set out in the Catalogue and our Website
(2) Unless agreed otherwise, You must collect purchased Lots within seven days from the auction. Please note the Lots will only be released upon full payment being received.
(3) If You do not collect any Lot within seven days following the auction we can, at our discretion;
(i) Charge You storage costs at the rates set out on our Website.
(ii) Move the Lot to another location or an affiliate or third party and charge You transport and administration costs for doing so and You will be subject to the third party storage terms and pay for their fees and costs.
(iii) Sell the Lot in any way we think reasonable.
H. TRANSPORT & SHIPPING
1. TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING
(a) We will include transport and shipping information with each invoice sent to You as well as displayed on our Website. You must make all transport and shipping arrangements.
(b) We offer a limited pack and send service using Royal Mail on small jewellery items. When items leave our premises and are in transit via postal service We are not responsible for any damage or loss incurred. We are also not responsible for making any claim regarding loss or damage to items. A tracking reference number will be issued which can be used to raise a claim with the relevant shipping provider.
(c) We offer a pre-sale quoted price using a third party - Mailboxes etc. Should you select this shipping option you agree to share your personal details with this third party. Mailboxes etc will contact you to confirm details and whether you wish to add insurance in addition.
2. EXPORT OF GOODS
Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain;
(a) Whether an export licence is required; and
(b) Whether there is any specific prohibition on importing goods of that character, e.g. items that may contain prohibited materials such as ivory or rhino horn. It is the Buyer’s sole responsibility to obtain any relevant export or import licence. The denial of any licence or any delay in obtaining licences shall neither justify the recession of any sale not any delay in making full payment for the Lot.
3. CITES: ENDANGERED PLANTS AND ANIMALS LEGISLATION
Please be aware that all Lots marked with the symbol Y may be subject to CITES regulations when exporting these items outside the EU. These regulations may be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/imports-exports/cites
We accept no liability for any Lots which may be subject to CITES but have not be identified as such.
I. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU
(a) We give no warranty in relation to any statement made, or information give, by us, our representatives or employees about any Lot other than as set out in the authenticity warranty and as far as we are allowed by law, all warranties and other terms which may be added to this agreement by law are exclude. The Seller’s warranties contained in paragraph E.1 are their own and we do not have a liability in relation to those warranties.
(b) (i) We are not responsible to You for any reason whether for breaking this agreement or any other matter relating to Your purchase of, or bid for, any Lot other than in the event of fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by us other than as expressly set out in these conditions of sale; or
(ii) We do not give any representation, warranty or guarantee or assume any liability for a kind in respect of any Lot with regard to merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, description, size, quality, condition, attribution, authenticity, rarity, importance, medium, provenance, exhibition history, literature or historical relevance, except as required by local law, any warranty of any kind is excluded by this paragraph.
(c) in particular, please be aware that our written and telephone bidding services, Lyon & Turnbull Live, Condition Reports, currency converter and saleroom video screens are free services and we are not responsible for any error (human or otherwise) omission or breakdown in these services.
(d) We have no responsibility to any person other than a Buyer in connection with the purchase of any Lot
(e) If in spite of the terms of this paragraph we are found to be liable to You for any reason, we shall not have to pay more than the Purchase Price paid by You to us. We will not be responsible for any reason for loss of profits, business, loss of opportunity or value, expected savings or interest, costs damages or expenses.
J. OTHER TERMS
1. OUR ABILITY TO CANCEL
In addition to the other rights of cancellation contained in this agreement, we can cancel the sale of a Lot if;
(i) Any of our warranties are not correct, as set out in paragraph E3,
(ii) We reasonably believe that completing the transaction is or may be unlawful; or
(iii) We reasonably believe that the sale places us or the Seller under any liability to anyone else or may damage our reputation.
We may videotape and record proceedings at any auction. We will keep any personal information confidential, except to the extent disclosure is required by law if You do not wish to be videotaped, You may make arrangements to bit by telephone or a written bid or bid on Lyon & Turnbull Live instead. Unless we agree otherwise in writing, You may not videotape or record proceedings at any auction.
We own the copyright in respect of all images, illustrations and written material produced by or for us relating to a Lot. (Including Catalogue entries unless otherwise noted in the Catalogue) You cannot use them without our prior written permission. We do not offer any guarantee that You will gain any copyright or other reproductions to the Lot.
4. ENFORCING THIS AGREEMENT
If a court finds that any part of this agreement is not valid or is illegal or impossible to enforce, that part of the agreement will be treated as deleted and the rest of this agreement will remain in force.
5. TRANSFERRING YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You may not grant a security over or transfer Your rights of responsibilities under these terms on the contract of sale with the Buyer unless we have given our written permission. This agreement will be binding on Your successors or estate and anyone who takes over Your rights and responsibilities.
6. REPORTING ON WWW.LYONANDTURNBULL.COM
Details of all Lots sold by us, including Catalogue descriptions and prices, may be reported on www.lyonandturnbull.com. Sales totals are Hammer Price plus Buyer’s Premium and do not reflect any additional fees that may have been incurred. We regret we cannot agree to requests to remove these details from our Website.
7. SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY
(a) The same Conditions of Sale (Buyers) shall apply to sales by private treaty.
(b) Private treaty sales made under these Conditions are deemed to be sales by auction and subject to our agreed charges for Sellers and Buyers.
(c) We undertake to inform the Seller of any offers it receives in relation to an item prior to any Proposed Sale, excluding the normal method of commission bids.
(d) For the purposes of a private treaty sale, if a Lot is sold in any other currency than Sterling, the exchange rate is to be taken on the date of sale.
8. THIRD PARTY LIABILITY
All members of the public on our premises are there at their own risk and must note the lay-out of the premises, safety and security arrangements. Accordingly, neither the Auctioneer nor our employees or agents shall incur liability for death or personal injury or similarly for the safety of the property of persons visiting prior to, during or after a sale.
9. DATA PROTECTION
10. FORCE MAJEURE
We shall be under no liability if they shall be unable to carry out any provision of the Contract of Sale for any reason beyond their control including (without limiting the foregoing) an act of God, legislation, war, fire, flood, drought, failure of power supply, lock-out, strike or other action taken by employees in contemplation or furtherance of a dispute or owing to any inability to procure materials required for the performance of the contract.
11. LAW AND JURISDICTION
(a) Governing Law: These Conditions of Sale and all aspects of all matters, transactions or disputes to which they relate or apply shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, Scots law
(b) Jurisdiction: The Buyer agrees that the Courts of Scotland are to have exclusive jurisdiction to settle all disputes arising in connection with all aspects of all matters or transactions to which these Conditions of Sale relate or apply.
K. DEFINITIONS & GLOSSARY
The following words and phrases used have (unless the context otherwise requires) the meaning to given to them below. The go Glossary is to assist You to understand words and phrases which have a specific legal meaning which You may not be familiar with.
“Auctioneer” Lyon & Turnbull Ltd (Registered in Scotland No: 191166 | Registered address: 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR) or it’s authorised representative conducting the sale, as appropriate;
“Bidder” a person who has completed a Bidding Form
“Bidding Form” our Bidding Registration Form our Absentee Bidding Form or our Telephone Bidding Form.
“Buyer” the person to whom a Lot is knocked down by the Auctioneer. The Buyer is also referred to by the words “You” and “Your”
“Buyer’s Premium” the sum calculated on the Hammer Price at the rates stated in Catalogue.
“Catalogue” the Catalogue relating to the relevant Sale, including any representation on our Website
“Condition Report” the report on the physical condition of a Lot provided to a Bidder or potential Bidder by us on behalf of the Seller.
“Estimate” a statement of our opinion of the range within the hammer is likely to fall.
“Hammer Price” the level of bidding reached (at or above any Reserve) when the Auctioneer brings down the hammer;
“High Cumulative Value of Lot” several Lots with a total lower Estimate value of £30,000 or above;
“High Value Lot” a Lot with a lower Estimate of £30,000 or above;
“Lot” each Item offered for sale by Lyon & Turnbull;
“Purchase Price” is the aggregate of Hammer Price and any applicable Buyer’s Premium, VAT on the Hammer Price (where applicable), VAT on the Buyer’s Premium and any other applicable expenses;
“Reserve” the lowest price below which an item cannot be sold whether at auction or by private treaty;
“Sale” the auction sale at which a Lot is to be offered for sale by us.
“Seller” the person who offers the Lot for Sale. We act as agent for the Seller.
“Total Amount Due” the Hammer Price in respect of the Lot sold together with any premium, Value Added Tax or other taxes chargeable and any additional charges payable by a defaulting Buyer under these Conditions;
“VAT” value added tax at the prevailing rate at the date of the sale in the United Kingdom.
“Website” Lyon & Turnbull’s Website at www.lyonandturnbull.com
The following have specific legal meaning which You may not be familiar with. The following glossary is intended to give You an understanding of those expressions but is not intended to restrict their legal meanings:
“Artist’s Resale Right” the right of the creator of a work of art to receive a payment on Sales of that work subsequent to
“Knocked Down” when a Lot is sold to a Bidder, indicated by the fall of the hammer at the Sale.
“Lien” a right for the person who has possession of the Lot to retain possession of it.
“Risk” the possibility that a Lot may be lost, damaged, destroyed, stolen, or deteriorate in condition or value.
“Title” the legal and equitable right to the ownership of a Lot.
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