by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1869-1928: (A) Left: Armchair with pierced side panels for the Luncheon Room at Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tearooms. Oak with rush drop-in seat. 38 x 25 x 17 inches (96.5 x 63.5 x 43 cm). (C) Right: Dining chair for Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tea Rooms, Glasgow, 1897. Oak, with drop-in upholstered seat 39 x 19 x 17 inches (99x48 x43 cm).
George Walton, 1867-1933 (designer): 42. Occasional table for the Billiards Room at Miss Cranston's Buchanan Street Tearooms, Glasgow, 1896 27 inches (68.5 cm) high 29 1/2 inches.
Miss Cranston was renowned for her meticulous standards in food, service and decoration. Her tearooms were seen to be the epitome of avant-garde design and good taste in Glasgow at the end of the century. Walton, already a well-known and well-established interior designer, was commissioned to decorate the Buchanan Street tearooms in 1896 following his successful schemes for Rowntree tearooms in Scarborough. He supplied all the furniture and collaborated with the then relatively inexperienced Charles Rennie Mackintosh on the decoration of the walls.
Spring '99. 1999. 89 plates. London: The Fine Art Society, 1999. Nos. 41-43.
(A) Billcliff. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Complete Furniture, Furniture Designs and Interiors. 1986; catalogue number 1897.27
(B) Illustrated: Modern British Domestic Architecture & Decoration, Studio Special Number 1901;
Karen Moon, George Walton. 1993 p.54
(C) Roger Billcliffe, cat 1897.26
The Studio 39 (1906): 32, 34.
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