Art Deco Machine Age "Polaroid" Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague

Art Deco Machine Age "Polaroid" Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague

4,475.00

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This graphic and iconic desk lamp was realized by the esteemed American designer Walter Dorwin Teague in America, circa 1939. It represents one of Teague's most important and celebrated designs. The lamp features a streamlined domed skyscraper style shade consisting of a raised centerpiece framed on either side by slightly recessed shoulders and venting on its angled back. Additionally, it offers a conical brushed aluminum body that connects to a circular base. The shade and base are forged in mottled bakelite in coffee and graphite hues- resembling a dark tortoise shell. appears as avant garde and modern today as when it was created over 80 years ago.

Walter Dorwin Teague- along with Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss and Raymond Loewy- transformed the aesthetics of industrial design in the early 20th century. Teague traveled to Europe 1926- he toured the Universal Exposition in Paris, and saw first hand buildings by Le Corbusier- which represented a formative experience in forging his aesthetic sensibilities. Upon returning home, Teague founded an industrial-design consultancy and shortly thereafter won his first major client, Kodak, for whom he designed cameras, such as the famed Bantam Special. His firm went on to design pavilions for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, as well as rail coaches, automobiles, corporate logos and a Boeing airliner.

This graphic and stunning piece helps to explain Teague's renown and enduring influence. It represents an important historical object, and thus a prized acquisition for discerning collectors of the period. It is also an aesthetically powerful piece, perfect for anyone with an eye for first-rate design. An example of the Polaroid lamp is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The piece comes with its original label on the underside of the base. It has been newly rewired to American standards and is in excellent vintage condition. The piece is documented and illustrated in the book "Art Deco: 1930-1939" (Ed. by Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton, and Ghislaine Wood) on page 139.


CREATOR
Walter Dorwin Teague (Designer), Polaroid Corporation (Maker)

OF THE PERIOD
Art Deco

PLACE OF ORIGIN
United States

DATE OF MANUFACTURE
Circa 1939

PERIOD
1930-1939

MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Aluminum, Bakelite

CONDITION
Excellent

DIMENSIONS
13 in.Hx12 in.Wx11 in.D
33 cmHx30 cmWx28 cmD

SELLER LOCATION
New York, NY

REFERENCE NUMBER
LU793410059211

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