low rush woven seat; very tall back with two tapering side pieces and two wide vertical slats, all connected to ovoid piece at top with crescent cut-out; thick back support between back legs

High-back side chair, 1898

Tea rooms upped their game in 1890s Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, offering good food and stylish interiors as a backdrop for socializing. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed adventurous furniture and interiors for the four Glasgow tea rooms owned by Miss Catherine Cranston, including this dramatic black chair topped by an oval with a birdlike cutout. In groupings of six or eight, the chairs created a room within a room.

Details
Title
High-back side chair
Artist Life
Scottish, 1868–1928
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2005.44
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low rush woven seat; very tall back with two tapering side pieces and two wide vertical slats, all connected to ovoid piece at top with crescent cut-out; thick back support between back legs