A watercolour painted in a Suffolk village is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000 at auction next week. 

The Ivy Seed was painted by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Walberswick in east Suffolk.

It is one of a selection of rare objects by the Scotsman which will be sold at Edinburgh-based auction house Lyon & Turnbull next Wednesday, as part of their design since 1860 sale. 

Mackintosh moved to Walberswick with his wife Margaret Macdonald in June 1914. 

The couple had intended to stay just for the summer but remained there for 15 months before moving to London.

East Anglian Daily Times: The Ivy Seed was painted by Mackintosh in WalberswickThe Ivy Seed was painted by Mackintosh in Walberswick (Image: PA)

A bedside cabinet commissioned by Mackintosh’s client Catherine Cranston in 1904 for her Hous’hill home is also one of the 456 lots, and auctioneers have said it could fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.

Glasgow entrepreneur Miss Cranston had already commissioned Mackintosh to design her famous tea rooms in the city, including the renowned Willow Tea Rooms which opened in 1904, when she tasked him to redecorate the mansion.

John Mackie, a director at the Edinburgh-based auction house and a specialist in early design, said the items being sold “chart significant stages in Mackintosh’s artistic development”, and “competitive bidding from across the world” is expected to secure them.

He added: “As one of only two cabinets created by Mackintosh for Catherine Cranston’s bedroom, it’s a rare and unique example of furniture which was specially made to his specifications for his patron.

“Miss Cranston was a canny operator and saw the marketing advantage in having a pioneering designer like Mackintosh involved in her business enterprises. They had a good working relationship, and he was the obvious choice for designing the interiors of her marital home.”

When he was commissioned to refurbish Hous’hill, which is in Nitshill in the south of Glasgow, Mackintosh was in one of the most creative parts of his career.

The ideas developed at the house – working with new materials, textiles and forms – would help shape future furniture designs and culminate in Mackintosh’s commission for the second phase of the Glasgow School of Art in 1910.

A textile design from his time in the capital is also being offered at the auction, which is being held in Edinburgh and online, and is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000.

Mr Mackie said: “Mackintosh was an exceptional designer who could turn his artistic hand to anything and was compelled to do so by necessity after his architectural work almost dried up completely as the war continued.

“The Mackintosh textile design in the sale is evidence of yet another artistic reinvention by one of the finest designers of the era.”

There is also an original copy of the catalogue for a memorial exhibition at Glasgow’s McLellan Galleries which took place after the death of Mackintosh’s wife in early 1933.

It is valued at £600-£800.