Mackintosh & McNair Lead Live Online Auction

Mackintosh & McNair Lead Live Online Auction

Stellar Results for Decorative Arts

Important Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinet and rare early work by Frances Macdonald McNair achieve stellar results at £250,000* and £125,000*, respectively, leading our live online Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction this November.

An important work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) made a sensational £250,000* during our November Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 live online auction. The bedside cabinet, the pair to another in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, proved the star lot in our highly anticipated Decorative Arts auction held over two days on November 2-3.

 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

LOT 368 | CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1868-1928) | INLAID MAHOGANY BEDSIDE CABINET, 1916
with ebonised plinth and shell-inlaid handles, the upper section with two doors flanked by uprights pierced by squares, the base with single panelled door enclosing a single drawer and a shelf | 36cm wide, 122cm high, 35.5cm deep | Sold for £250,000 incl premium

 

Take a closer look at Lot 368 ⇒

 

Last sold at auction in 1988, the piece was made c.1916 for the industrialist Wenman Joseph Bassett Lowke (1877-1953) whose house 78 Derngate, Northampton was remodelled and furnished in the modern taste.

In the wake of his success in Glasgow, Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald had moved to Suffolk in 1914 with Bassett Lowke, founder of the tinplate toy maker of the same name, becoming his main client. At 78 Derngate, Mackintosh’s style evolved to focus on broad planes of polished and waxed timber enhanced by abalone inlay. His production methods changed too. Unable to supervise the manufacture of these pieces, Mackintosh provided drawings that were worked up by German craftspeople working on the Isle of Man.

With a guide of £10,000-15,000, the cabinet attracted bidders from around the world, eventually selling to a private British collector.

Our auction boasted important works by many luminaries of Victorian and early 20th century design, attracting some 1600 international bidders (1400 of them bidding online across four bidding platforms) who together spent £985,000*. The sale total was double pre-sale expectations with some 82% of lots finding new buyers.

 

Frances Macdonald McNair

LOT 361 | FRANCES MACDONALD MCNAIR (1873-1921) | DESIGN FOR A COVER FOR 'DAS EIGENKLEID DER FRAU', 1903
original cover design, pencil on tracing paper, laid on board, signed in pencil lower right FRANCES MCNAIR/ INV. DEL, inscribed ANNA MUTHESIUS and DAS EIGENKLEID
32cm x 25cm | Sold for £125,000 incl premium

 

Take a closer look at Lot 361 ⇒ 

 

Another masterwork of Scottish Art Nouveau was Francis Macdonald McNair’s design for the cover of Das Eigenkleid Der Frau (Women’s Own Dress) selling for a remarkable £125,000*. With its experimental female forms and decorative linear patterns, this original pencil on brown tracing paper design from 1903 epitomises the Glasgow School avant-garde and forms a bold feminist statement. The book itself, authored by Anna Muthesius, is considered a seminal text in the development of early 20th-century women’s fashion. Muthesius and her husband Hermann, the architectural writer, became close friends with ‘The Glasgow Four’ after several trips to the city and the Willow Tearooms.

 

Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co.

LOT 338 | ARCHIBALD KNOX (1864-1933) FOR LIBERTY & CO., LONDON 
RARE EXTRA-SIZE 'TUDRIC' PEWTER CLOCK, CIRCA 1900 | 25cm high | Sold for £26,000 incl premium

 

 Take a closer look at Lot 338 ⇒

 

A rare extra-size ‘Tudric’ pewter and abalone clock design c.1900 by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) sold for £26,000*. Knox’s designs for Liberty & Co are very well documented. However, this 10in (25cm) model - a minimalist form thought to have been inspired by the Celtic standing stones of Knox’s native Isle of Man – is usually seen in a much smaller size of just over 6in (16cm) high. Knox is known to have produced a small number of extra-sized clocks during his Liberty period and it may be that this rare example was produced as a special commission.

 

Christopher Dresser

LOT 69 | CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904) FOR JAMES DIXON & SON, SHEFFIELD | SILVER TEAPOT, CIRCA 1880
of sphere form, with ebony handle, stamped and applied maker's marks and facsimile signature CHR. DRESSER, with Victorian lozenge marks for 25 April 1880, stamped serial number 2278
13.5cm high | Sold for £12,500 incl premium

 

Take a closer look at Lot 69 ⇒

 

With our established record selling the best work of Christopher Dresser (1834-1904), a 5in (13.5cm) high spherical form electroplated teapot with an angular ebony handle commanded £12,500*. This is one of around 80 designs by Dresser that appear in the Dixon ‘Calculation Books’ from 1879-83 – it appears alongside the inscription ‘1 gill teapot 2278/ Designed by Dr Dresser’ - but, due to the expense of manufacture and the sometimes daring forms, not all made it into full production. In addition to maker's marks and Dresser’s facsimile signature is a lozenge registration mark for 1880.

 

LOT 35 | E. W. GODWIN (1833-1886), PROBABLY FOR GILLOW & CO. | AESTHETIC MOVEMENT ‘COFFEE TABLE’, CIRCA 1880 ebonised birch with incised and gilded decoration | 48cm long, 69.5cm high, 37.5cm deep | Sold for £17,500 incl premium
LOT 35 | E. W. GODWIN (1833-1886), PROBABLY FOR GILLOW & CO. | AESTHETIC MOVEMENT ‘COFFEE TABLE’, CIRCA 1880
ebonised birch with incised and gilded decoration | 48cm long, 69.5cm high, 37.5cm deep | Sold for £17,500 incl premium

 

Take a closer look at Lot 35 ⇒

 

Another important work of the Aesthetic movement, an ebonised birch occasional table with incised and gilded decoration designed by E.W. Godwin sold at £17,500*. Godwin’s design for this piece appears marked ‘Coffee Table’ in an interior setting in one of his line drawings created for the 1877 brochure Art Furniture issued by the manufacturer William Watt. However, the quality of construction and the incised gilding suggests the superior cabinet-making skills of a firm such as Gillows & Co – another of Godwin’s employers.

 

PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO.LOT 122 | PHILIP SPEAKMAN WEBB (1831-1915) FOR MORRIS & CO. | ARTS & CRAFTS OAK CENTRE TABLE, CIRCA 1880
the circular quarter-sawn top on six ring-turned legs and central turned column, all linked with corresponding ring-turned stretchers | 122cm diameter, 72.5cm high | Sold for £13,750 incl premium

 

Take a cloesr look at Lot 122 ⇒

 

A ruby lustre two-tile panel of galleons and sea creatures by William De Morgan c.1890 made £6000* while another textbook object from the Arts and Crafts movement, an oak centre table designed by Philip Webb (1831-1915) for Morris and Co sold for £13,750*. The table with a circular quarter-sawn top and its signature six ring-turned legs with corresponding stretchers is similar to another in the collection at Standen, the Arts and Crafts house Webb designed in 1891 that is now in the care of the National Trust.

FERDINAND PREISSLOT 525 | Y FERDINAND PREISS (1882-1943) | 'BAT GIRL' ART DECO FIGURE, CIRCA 1925
patinated bronze and ivory, raised on a stepped onyx plinth base, signed on the base F. PREISS | total height 24cm, figure 18.5cm high | Sold for £10,625 incl premium

 

Take a closer look at Lot 525 ⇒

 

Objects from the Art Deco period included the Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943) patinated bronze and ivory figure The Bat Girl c.1925 sold for £10,625* and a cocktail set by the German cutler J.A. Henckels fashioned as an aircraft that brought a punchy £15,625*. The latter is among Henckels’ most popular drinking novelties and the epitome of 1930s glamour. The 15 or so component parts of the nickel-plated steel set – marked DRGM (Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchs Muster) – include a pair of spirit flasks that form the wings, a cocktail shaker (the fuselage) plus four interlocking beakers, a funnel and four spoons and a corkscrew. With the shaker fully assembled it measured 13in (32cm) long, larger than the more common 9in (23cm) version.

 

*all sold prices include premium

 


 

Auction Information

 

DECORATIVE ARTS: DESIGN SINCE 1860

Monday, 2nd & Tuesday, 3rd November

 

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Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts specialists are renowned for both their knowledge and their sales of artworks conducted from our Scottish auction house based in Edinburgh and via our live online auctions. Our specialists are experts not only on design from 1860 to the present, but also on current market conditions, an essential combination to any successful auction. We hold two specialist Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auctions a year at our headquarters in Edinburgh. To speak to an experienced specialist call 0131 557 8844.

 

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