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Appeal to buy Hill House furniture

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Hill-House-chair-wTWO pieces of furniture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Hill House in Helensburgh could leave the Upper Colquhoun Street mansion — unless the charity raises another £25,000.

An armchair and standard lamp have been in the Mackintosh-designed living room for 110 years and have been on loan to the National Trust for Scotland.

Now they have been put up for sale, and the Trust wants to buy them to ensure they can stay where they belong.

Hill-House-lamp-wHill House property manager Lorna Hepburn said: “The drawing room where these items were lovingly placed 110 years ago is a favourite area for visitors and is definitely the most important interior space at the Hill House.

“The armchair and standard lamp are an integral part of the design of this room and add to the overall ‘wow’ factor for visitors.”

The Trust has already secured £75,000 in funding from the Art Fund, the Monument Trust and the National Museums Scotland National Fund for Acquisitions, but needs a further £25,000 in public donations.

Lorna added: “The recent fire at Glasgow School of Art reminds us that the limited remaining legacy of Mackintosh’s work is both vulnerable and precious. If we were to lose both the lamp and the armchair, these iconic designs would quite likely be made inaccessible to the public.’”

The Hill House was built for publisher Walter Blackie and his family between 1902 and 1904. Anyone interested in supporting the appeal, should visit the National Trust for Scotland website.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 15:47 )  

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