Skip to Content
Closed now, next open tomorrow. Closed now, next open tomorrow.


A work made of stained oak with modern horsehair upholstery.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of stained oak with modern horsehair upholstery.




Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Scottish, 1868-1928)
Scotland, Glasgow

About this artwork

Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this armchair in 1897 for Catherine Cranston’s Argyle Street Tearooms in Glasgow. Though the chair adheres to the strict linearity of many of Mackintosh’s designs, in this instance he has enlivened the surfaces by piercing each of the side panels with a crescent-like motif reminiscent of a bird in flight. One of these chairs appears in a contemporary photograph of the Luncheon Room of the Argyle Street Tearooms, but it is not known how many were made. This chair has a particularly interesting provenance, as it passed down through the family of one of the tearoom’s employees.


Currently Off View


Applied Arts of Europe


Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Designer)




Scotland (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.



Stained oak with modern horsehair upholstery


96.4 × 57.2 × 45.8 cm (38 × 22 1/2 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Neville and John Bryan

Reference Number


IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions