Writing desk by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The writing desk was designed for Hill House, Helensburgh and considered by many design historians to be Mackintosh's most accomplished piece of furniture design.


Mahogany, inset with mother-of-pearl, ivory & ceramic
112.7 x 94.3 x 47 cm
Art Fund grant:
£106,043 ( Total: £996,650)
Acquired in:

The ebony has a luxurious finish which is offset with ivory and mother-of-pearl. There is a leaded glass and metal panel in the centre of the desk with an abstracted figure looped with garlands of roses. The desk was jointly acquired by Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Hill House, National Trust for Scotland. The desk will be at Hill House from April until July every year and at Kelvingrove for the rest.


Walter Blackie, Hill House; Dr. Thomas Howard; Christie's 1994; private collector; Christie's 2002.

Venue details

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG 0141 276 9599 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/kelvingrove

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