‘Argyle’ chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Made by Mackintosh, Charles Rennie in Glasgow, Scotland, 1898-1899.

This unusually high backed chair was designed by the Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Catherine Cranston’s Argyle Street Tearooms in Glasgow around 1898-1899. The design for the furniture of the tearooms was the first major private commission of Mackintosh’s career. The Argyle chair was shown at the Eighth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession, Austria in 1900 where Mackintosh’s highly individual style strongly influenced and contributed to the development of work at the Wiener Wer...


High backed chair of dark stained oak with a rush seat. The top rail is elliptical in shape and extends between and beyond the stiles. It is decorated with a stylised bird motif pierced in an arch across the centre top. The plain double back splats extend from the bottom curve of the top rail to the stretcher halfway down the length of the legs. Long narrow stiles commence from a tapered top, level with the top of the top rail and extend down and widen to form the back legs. The front legs are slightly tapering. The stretcher between the back legs consists of a wide, plain, panel with an arch cut from the bottom, and extends down almost to the base of the legs. There are also double rod stretchers between the front legs and between the front and back legs. The drop-in rush seat is shaped and set above arched seat rails. Stamped on the left front seat block is "23".


1365 mm
510 mm
465 mm


Mackintosh, Charles Rennie 1898-1899


Commissioned for use in the Luncheon Room of Miss Cranston's Argyle Street Tearooms, Glasgow c. 1897. Examples also included in Mackintosh's flat and in his contribution to the Vienna Secession Exhibition 1900.

Acquired by previous owners from a private collection in Glasgow.
Argyle Street Tea Rooms


Purchased with funds donated by the Patrons of the Powerhouse, 1984
26 March, 1984

Cite this Object

'Argyle' chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <https://ma.as/168257>
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This object is currently on display in Icons: From the MAAS Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.
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