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Lot 248: CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1868-1928) SUITE OF SILVER CUTLERY, DATED 1902
26 October 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1868-1928)
SUITE OF SILVER CUTLERY, DATED 1902
comprising: A SINGLE SOUP SPOON, with deep almost circular bowl and with incised heel, pierced terminal, 26.5cm (10 1/2in) long; and A SINGLE DINNER FORK, with four prongs, pierced terminal, 26cm (10 1/4in) long, each with maker's mark DWH (David W. Hislop), hallmarked Glasgow 1902 (2)
Both pieces in excellent condition
Hallmarks 9.5/10, very clear and distinct, edged of spoon and fork clean and well defined, some very minor marks and wear. Spoon terminal slightly more rounded than fork. Spoon appears to have been made in two pieces, good joint, some of the original file work still visible under 10x magnification, the two channels at back of spoon well defined.
Fork, some of the original file work visible at back of fork joining to handle, also as above under 10x magnification.
Overall surface on both pieces is relatively original in not being highly polished but a softer finish.
Presentation box (associated) in good order, leather exterior with some scuffs and marks
Under the Conditions of Sale applicable to the sale of the lot, buyers must satisfy themselves as to each and every aspect of the quality of the lot, including (without limitation) its authorship, attribution, condition, provenance, authenticity, age, suitability and origin. Lots are sold on an 'as is' basis but the actual condition of the lot may not be as good as indicated by its outward appearance. In particular parts may have been replaced or renewed and lots may not be authentic or of satisfactory quality.
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Provenance: Fra H. Newbery and Jessie Newbery
Elsie Newbery and by family descent
Literature: Howarth, Thomas, 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Modern Movement', New York, 1953, pl. 50
Note: In 1902 Jessie and Fra Newbery had commissioned from Mackintosh a design for a twelve place setting of dining cutlery, a gift from Jessie's parents. Each set containing a soup spoon, dessert spoon, dinner fork and dessert fork (knives were supplied separately from a stock pattern). The commission was handled by a jeweller's in Glasgow, Edwards & Company, and the cutlery was made by D W Hislop, a Glasgow silversmith who worked with Mackintosh on other projects. All of the cutlery was later divided equally between the Newberys' daughters, Mary and Elsie; Mary's pieces were sold separately during the 1970s and 1980s.
This lot is sold to benefit The Willow Tearooms Trust, which has been created to restore this key building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For further information please go to www.willowtearoomstrust.org