Willow Tea Rooms (Glasgow, Scotland) : Front elevation, lower left wall, showing use of decorative squares

Creator:
Macdonald, Margaret, 1865-1933
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, 1868-1928
Published/Created:
199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
1903
Date Depicted:
5/25/2007
1900 AD - 1949 AD
Materials:
iron
stone
stucco
Notes:
The best-known Mackintosh interiors were those created for Miss Catherine Cranston's four tea-rooms in Glasgow: Buchanan Street (1896), Argyle Street (1897), Ingram Street (1900) and the Willow (1903), of which only the last-mentioned survives at 199 Sauchiehall Street. In the Willow tea-room Mackintosh had total control of the project both inside and outside; his wife contributed some of the decorative motifs. On the ground floor he set up an unpainted frieze of plaster panels, their angular outlines leading the eye deeper into the stems and branches of the willow wood. Above, in the Room de Luxe, a leaded-glass frieze with pink and green insets was placed against white painted walls, and on the curved bay, leaf-shaped mirror glass shimmered like the stirring of willow leaves. Mackintosh had already developed in domestic commissions austere all-white ensembles of decoration with a few pieces of slender, white furniture, but such refinement of construction was not practical in a public place. In the Room de Luxe the chairs, of two sizes, are silver with purple upholstery; the tops of the higher chairs are pierced by a grid of squares, a favourite Mackintosh device.
Variant Titles:
Willow Tea-room
Topics:
Architecture -- Britain -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Art Nouveau
Glasgow style
Culture:
British
Accession Number:
1A1-MCR-WT-B4
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
restaurants: tea rooms (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; business, commerce and trade; decorative arts; tea-room, decoration construction ; metalworking; painting and painting techniques; stained glass buildings; commercial buildings; restaurants; tea rooms
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Three
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
5/25/2007
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10156727
PID:
digcoll:1850946