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  • Settle
    Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928
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  • Place of origin:

    Isle of Man (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1916 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted wood, with fabric upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs F. J. Bassett-Lowke

  • Museum number:

    W.9:1, 2-1970

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The settle has a spring-upholstered seat, covered in a thinly striped white and green material. The square front legs are joined by a deep apron-like seat rail, with shaped outline decoration. The front legs are joined to those at the back by slab ends which fill the whole sides and almost reach the ground. Above these slabs are the broad arms: straight on the inside with a deep chamfered curve for comfort towards the back and S-curved on the outside. Their front ends have curved edges decorated with notches. The back legs are deep square members which rise to form the side supports of the back. This is formed as two curved low seat backs joined by a short straight section, the whole filled with a grid of sixty squares, four high and seven wide on each curved seat back and four stacked vertically in the central straight section. The broad member across the back which forms the base of this grid is straight at the front and shaped to follow the curves of the seat backs at the back. The seat backs have each a central cresting in the shape of a triple-stepped ziggurat.

Place of Origin

Isle of Man (probably, made)


1916 (made)


Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, born 1868 - died 1928 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Painted wood, with fabric upholstery


Height: 77.5 cm, Length: 183 cm, Depth: 77.5 cm

Object history note

The settle was commissioned by W. J. Bassett-Lowke for the hall of his house in Northampton, at 78 Derngate and was probably made by German prisoners of war being held on the Isle of Man.

Descriptive line

Settle designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for 78 Derngate in Northampton, 1916.

Labels and date

Design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (British, 1868-1928)
Probably made by German craftsmen interned as enemy aliens on the Isle of Man
Painted wood, upholstered (originally stained black and wax polished)

Made for the hall, 78 Derngate, Northampton, the home of Mr and Mrs Bassett-Lowke.

Given by Mrs F.J. Bassett-Lowke
W.9-1970 [1989-2006]


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