The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna

This article was first published in 2014 at http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/history_honproj/51 and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author Elizabeth Muir. Muir, Elizabeth, “The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna” (2014). Honors Projects. Paper 51. Illinois Wesleyan University. In the […]

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78 Derngate – a listed building

Numbers 76-80 Derngate were Listed Grade II on 9th December 1968 and this Listing was affirmed by 78 Derngate’s inclusion in January 1976 in the National Resurvey that formed the basis of The National Heritage List for England (NHLE). On the 11th October 1989 numbers 76, 78 and 80 Derngate were divided into three separate […]

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Letter from W.J. Bassett-Lowke to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 31st July 1916.

This is the earliest surviving correspondence between W.J Bassett-Lowke and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dated 31st July 1916 and on notepaper carrying Bassett-Lowke’s distinctive company letter heading, only the first page of the letter is known to survive. The purpose of the letter is to give Mackintosh an update on the progress of the work on […]

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Jug. Attributed to Joseph Maria Olbrich. c.1910.

This Wächtersbach jug was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 16th June 2019. Purchased online from a dealer in Bochum, Germany, the jug is, as of 21st June 2019, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this jug is based […]

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New Ways – sale of 2019

‘New Ways’ [ No.508 Wellingborough Road, Northampton ] – the radically modern house commissioned by W.J Bassett-Lowke in 1925/26 from Peter Behrens was put on the market for sale in January 2019. The house was marketed by Northamptonshire agents Jackson-Stops. The advertised guide price was £875,000.  [ Google Maps link ] The arrival of the […]

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5 The Drive – a room design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

In 1919 Charles Rennie Mackintosh was commissioned to design the interior of  the dining room at no 5 The Drive Northampton [ location ]. This large Edwardian house was at this time home to Frank Jones, brother to Mrs Bassett-Lowke, whose husband Wenman Joseph had previously commissioned Mackintosh to remodel 78 Derngate ( 1916-17 ) […]

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A Clock Comes Home

  Below is the story of a certain clock finding its way back to 78 Derngate, its original home. The clock was of German manufacture (Lorenz Furtwangler & Sohne) from the early 20th century and was bought by the Bassett-Lowkes, it is thought, during the early years of their marriage during their travels on the […]

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New Ways

Apparently Bassett-Lowke would have liked Mackintosh to have designed his new house, but lost contact with him when he moved to the South of France. It took some time to find a suitable alternative architect but after reading about Peter Behrens’ work in the German magazine ‘Werkbund Jahrbuch’, Bassett-Lowke decided to ask him to design […]

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The Bassett-Lowke Gnomes

Many of you I know have seen this photograph of the gnome peering over the balcony at Number 78 and wondered about it.  A conversation with my sister when she was over from America in the autumn reminded me that there were numerous gnomes in the garden of New Ways although I could only clearly […]

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