Auction listing by Freeman’s of Philadelphia for the sale by auction of the Sideboard for 5 The Drive Northampton, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Frank Jones in 1919. 

Text and image courtesy of Freeman’s Auctions House

CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (SCOTTISH, 1868-1928) 

SIDEBOARD FOR F.M. JONES, THE DRIVE, NORTHAMPTON 

MADE AT KNOCKALOE CAMP, 
ISLE OF MAN, CIRCA 1918-1919 

Oak, walnut. 

H: 41 3/4, W: 90, D: 21 3/4 in. 

PROVENANCE: 
F.M. Jones 
Private Collection 
Sotheby’s, December 1986, Lot 263 
F. Jones Collection 
Donald & Eleanor Taffner 
Estimate $20,000-30,000 
Sold for $62,500.

EXHIBITED: 
“Charles Rennie Mackintosh”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: November 21, 1996 to February 16, 1997; the Art Institute of Chicago: March 29 to June 22, 1997; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: August 3 to October 12 1997. 

LITERATURE: 
Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, pp. 300-305 (for a discussion of and illustrations for the Candida Cottage and related commissions), p. 301 (for a photograph and discussion of the present lot) 

Wendy Kaplan, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, p. 367 (for cataloguing of present lot, as listed in Exhibition Checklist) 

“The furniture is probably the most modern and utilitarian ever designed by Mackintosh.” -Roger Billcliffe 

The present lot is one of two important sideboards of this design by Mackintosh dating to 1918-19. The first, also in oak but inlaid with the casein plastic Radolith, was part of a suite of furniture and decoration by Mackintosh for E.J. Bassett-Lowke at Candida Cottage, Roade, near Northampton, England. Many of the furniture designs for Candida Cottage, including the sideboard, were replicated for Bassett-Lowke’s brother-in-law F. Jones. The present lot toured the US as part of the 1996-97 Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.

Source: Freeman’s Auction House website – link– accessed May 2019.

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