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

This washbowl was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 13th August 2014. Purchased at auction in Edinburgh ( bidder Rob Kendall ), the bowl is, as of 2018, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this bowl is based on […]

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Design drawing for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate

This drawing, in the collection of The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, was produced for W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 whilst the Mackintoshes were living in Chelsea ( note the studio address written at the foot of the drawing ).  It shows in some detail key elements of the decorative scheme for the Hall Lounge of […]

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Furniture: Chair for 78 Derngate

This chair, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The […]

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Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke

Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke (1877 – 1953) was the son of Joseph Tom Lowke. Tom Lowke’s stepfather, Absalom Bassett, had established a boiler making business in Kingswell Street, Northampton, in 1859. Tom Lowke continued the business, and when he married he gave his two sons, Wenman and Harold, the middle name of ‘Bassett’ in honour of his […]

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Mackintosh In Walberswick 1914 / 1915

Walberswick is one of the most easterly communities in England clinging to the North Sea coast 30 miles north of Ipswich and 15 miles south of Lowestoft. It lies on the south bank of the River Blyth opposite Southwold, historically an altogether more prosperous town.  At the start of the 19thC the village consisted of […]

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Furniture: Settle for 78 Derngate

This settle, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The settle […]

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Smoker’s cabinet for 78 Derngate

This cabinet, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum in 1956, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish, angular forms and vivid contrasts of colour seen in his interior scheme for the […]

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