Modern + Contemporary Design /28 March 2006


Gilbert Rohde

Herman Miller
USA, 1933
chrome-plated steel, glass, enameled metal
12 w × 3 d × 11¾ h in (30 × 8 × 30 cm)

The Z-clock is an icon of American Art Deco. Designed in 1933, the clock was first exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair that same year. The example shown here is the actual model displayed at the Masonite House at the fair. The clock comes from the estate of Grover J. Daly, a designer of furniture and interiors from the mid-1920s through the 1940s. Sold with letter of provenance and accompanying photographs showing the clock in situ on the mantle in the Masonite House.

provenance: Grover J. DalyFifty/50, New YorkPrivate Collection, New York

exhibited: A Century of Progress, Chicago, 1933

literature: A Century of Progress: Home and Furnishings as Exhibited at the World's Fair, Raley, pg. 95

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,400

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