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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“Travel” a painting by Philip Green

“Travel”. Philip Green. Graphite and gouache. c 600mm x 600mm. 1928. “Travel” was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke from artist Philip Green and was delivered to him in May 1928. The painting depicts various forms of travel, shipping, aeroplanes, trains and racing cars and is in a style considered modern for the 1920s – known now […]

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New Ways – sale of 2019

New Ways – 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 property to market generated much interest […]

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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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Sideboard for 5 The Drive Northampton – auction sale of June 2019

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 […]

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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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Meet Tortoise!

This black painted cast iron novelty bell was acquired by W. J. Bassett-Lowke it is thought sometime before 1926; the year that the Bassett-Lowkes moved to ‘New Ways’. Similar cast iron table or desk bells of German manufacture were being made around the turn of the twentieth century. At New Ways, Tortoise lived on a […]

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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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Francis Henry Newbery: 1855 – 1946

(Relating to a recent exhibition and associated events in Dorset in April/May 2008) Fra Newbery was a leading figure in British art and design in the twenty years around 1900. As Director of Glasgow School of Art from 1885 to 1918, he made the school one of the major art training institutions in the world. […]

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The Chelsea Years – Pamela Robertson

Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Professor of Mackintosh Studies and an internationally recognised authority on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, gave an evening talk in December 2007 to Friends and Volunteers of 78 Derngate. Her talk, which was very well attended and much enjoyed, concentrated on the […]

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