Rare Mackintosh cabinet fetches £250,000 at auction

Works by members of the Glasgow Four were sold for a combined £375,000 during an international bidding battle.

Rare Mackintosh cabinet fetches £250,000 at auction Lyon & Turnbull
Works: The cabinet and drawing by members of the Glasgow Four.

Two rare pieces of work by members of the Glasgow Four have fetched a combined £375,000 at auction.

A mahogany bedside cabinet, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, sold for £250,000 after an international bidding battle.

A pencil drawing by Frances Macdonald McNair, which was designed in 1903 for a book cover, sold for £125,000 – almost ten times its estimate of £15,000.

The Mackintosh cabinet and the drawing for ‘Women’s Own Dress’ were sold as part of Lyon & Turnbull’s two-day ‘Decorative Arts: Design since 1860’ auction.

It featured over 600 items, including works by other iconic designers Christopher Dresser, William Morris, Archibald Knox and William De Morgan.

John Mackie, Lyon & Turnbull’s head of design, said: “We are delighted with the success of the sale.

“The prices achieved today reaffirm the international standing of these visionary Glasgow School artists and the ongoing appetite of the market to acquire outstanding design.”