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Mackintosh style signs outside Willow Tea Rooms

Mackintosh style signs outside Willow Tea Rooms


Entrance to Willow Tea Rooms

Entrance to Willow Tea Rooms


Leaded windows at fašade of Willow Tea Rooms

Leaded windows at fašade of Willow Tea Rooms


Internal view of windows at Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms

Internal view of windows at Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms


Silver furniture at Willow Tea Rooms

Silver furniture at Willow Tea Rooms


Teapots aligned on shelf of Willow Tea Rooms

Teapots aligned on shelf of Willow Tea Rooms


Decorated panel at Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms

Decorated panel at Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms


Mackintosh's design drawings for chairs at the Room De luxe, Willow Tea Rooms Mackintosh's design drawings for chairs at the Room De luxe, Willow Tea Rooms

Mackintosh's design drawings for chairs at the Room De luxe, Willow Tea Rooms


Mackintosh style light fittings at Willow Tea Rooms

Mackintosh style light fittings at Willow Tea Rooms


Corner view of Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms

Corner view of Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms


Door leading into Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms

Door leading into Room de Luxe, Willow Tea Rooms


Night view of block in Sauchiehall Street at Willow Tea Rooms

Night view of block in Sauchiehall Street at Willow Tea Rooms


Fašade of Willow Tea Rooms from the journal 'Dekorative Kunst', 1905

Fašade of Willow Tea Rooms from the journal 'Dekorative Kunst', 1905


Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald, created the unique interior decoration schemes of various Miss Cranson's tea rooms in Glasgow city centre.
Margaret's gesso panels of 'The May Queen' and 'The Wassail' were displayed at the annual exhibition of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1901.

'The Wassail'and 'The May Queen'

'The May Queen and 'The Wassail' at the RGIFA exhibition in 1901


'The Wassail' originally featured at Ingram Street tearooms

'The Wassail' once a feature of Ingram Street Tea Rooms, now at Kelvingrove Museum


'The May Queen' was displayed at at Miss Cranston's Ingram Street Tea Rooms

'The May Queen' also featured at Miss Cranston's Ingram Street Tea Rooms


In contrast to Margaret's preference for horizontal panels with rounded 'nouveau ladies', Charles favoured the vertical in both his wall panels and high backed chairs.
The drawing below was created by Mackintosh in 1896 for a proposed frieze for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street. It creates an interesting comparison with Margaret's ladies and roses shown above.

Mackintosh's drawing of frieze for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, 1896

Mackintosh's drawing of proposed frieze for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, 1896


'The May Queen' displayed at the Vienna Secession Exhibition, 1900

'The May Queen' displayed at the Vienna Secession Exhibition, 1900


Chair from the photograph of Vienna Secession Exhibition on display at the Lighthouse

Chair from the photograph of Vienna Secession Exhibition on display at the Lighthouse


Mackintosh's design drawings of cashier's desks for Ingram Street Tea Rooms, 1909

Mackintosh's design drawings of cashier's desks for Ingram Street Tea Rooms, 1909


Mackintosh's design drawings of chairs for Ingram Street Tea Rooms

Mackintosh's design drawings of chairs for Ingram Street Tea Rooms


'The Dew'- metal panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh for Ingram Street Tea Rooms

'The Dew'- metal panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh for Ingram Street Tea Rooms


Full height wall decoration at Miss Cranston's Tearooms, Buchanan Street, 1898

Mackintosh's full height wall decoration at Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, 1898


Poster for  Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Poster for Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Perspective drawing of Miss Cranston's Tearooms, Buchanan Street by architect George Washington Browne, 1896

Perspective drawing of Miss Cranston's Tearooms, Buchanan Street, exhibited by architect George Washington Browne, 1896



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