Clock for 78 Derngate

This clock, which entered the collection of  The British Museum in 1980, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it was made to match his interior scheme for the Guest Bedroom. The case is made from oak covered with a veneer of black stencilled checkerboard decoration. […]

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Making Mackintosh: The mystery of the striped wallpaper – Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser is an internationally respected textile and wallpaper historian.  She has published, curated widely and collaborated with many museums over her long career. Her clients include The Fashion Textile Museum, London; the Victoria & Albert Museum ( where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow ) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As an […]

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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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“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’ [ 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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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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