Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003


Walter Dorwin Teague

Nocturne radio, model #1186
Sparton Corporation
USA, 1936
mirrored cobalt glass, satin chrome steel, wood
43¼ w × 14 d × 46 h in (110 × 36 × 117 cm)

Teague's Nocturne was the most daring of the four radios he designed for the Sparton Corporation. Standing nearly four feet high, the radio was meant to be the focal point of a hotel lobby or other public space. The high price of the radio, $350 in 1936, combined with the economic depression of time resulted in very few models being sold. The Nocturne radio is an outstanding icon of American art deco. This example is in excellent, original condition.Literature:The Machine Age in America 1918-1941, Brooklyn Museum of Art, pg. 26Modernism: Modernist Design 1880-1940, Duncan, pg. 216

provenance: Michael Lawlor, Santa BarbaraPrivate collection, Massachusetts

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $103,840

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