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Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

American, 1883-1960

Along with Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss and others, Walter Dorwin Teague pioneered the field of industrial design in the early decades of the 20th century. In his designs for furniture and objects that ranged from table lamps to radios, Teague helped defined the Machine Age aesthetic — the streamlined style that was the American counterpart to the French Art Deco movement.

     Teague grew up in rural Indiana, the son of a Methodist minister who was also a tailor. The young Teague was skilled at drawing, and in 1903, after finishing high school, he saved some money and moved to New York, where he took classes at the Art Students League. He later found success as a typographer and an advertisement illustrator. The look of ads in the early 20th century was so far superior to that of the actual products being promoted that manufacturers began consulting with illustrators like Teague about the styling of their goods. Teague’s aesthetic sensibilities were strongly shaped by a trip he had made to Europe in 1926, when he toured the Universal Exposition in Paris, buildings by Le Corbusier and a Bauhaus exhibition. On his return home, Teague founded an industrial-design consultancy. The following year, he won his first big client, Kodak, for whom he designed cameras, such as the famed Bantam Special, with its sleek, “speed line” detailing. His firm would go on to design such things as pavilions for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, rail coaches, gas stations, automobiles, corporate logos and a Boeing airliner.

     Among collectors, Teague’s products designs are prized not so much for what they do as for what they represent: a moment when design took a hand in fostering a spirit of energy, optimism and progress. Objects such as his Kodak 1A Gift camera, with its Constructivist case and box, have a graphic punch that should find a place in many a vitrine. His 1930s glassware lines for Steuben still make a striking presence on the bar or the dinner table. The jewels among Teague collectibles are his 1939 Bakelite-shade table lamp for Polaroid (made before the firm began producing cameras) and his striking designs for the Sparton Radio Corporation, most notably the rare and stunning Bluebird model, with its circular glass and chrome frame. Prices for Teague’s work vary widely by medium, style and condition. But as you can see from these pages, the designs of Walter Dorwin Teague are emblems of both a time and a distinctive style. They are cynosures for any true collector.

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Creator: Walter Dorwin Teague
Pair Walter Dorwin Teague Receipt Printers for Moore Business Forms, circa 1946
By Moore Business Forms, Inc., Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Difficult to source both sizes of Teague's patented streamline registers in very good condition. Smaller example is "portable" and rare. Teague design patent # D147626. One of Te...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Receipt Printer for Moore Business Forms
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Fine example of iconic American Industrial design, mid-1940s.<br /> <br /> Essentially complete with a roll of forms inside. <br /> Front lid opens, providing access to roll.<br /> M...
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1940s American Industrial Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Streamline Modern Cabinet by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in San Francisco, CA
Streamline Modern cabinet designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for Hastings. Originally a server for a dining suite but perfect as a bar cabinet or storage. Newly refinished, polished an...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Burl

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Medalist Camera with Case
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Eastman Kodak
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak medalist camera with case Modernist Streamline Price Reduced If you are into Teague's early Industrial Designs, this is a relati...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

Machine Age Art Deco Bakelite Polaroid Study Lamp Del Guidice / Teague SALE
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco bakelite polaroid study lamp Del Guidice / Walter Dorwin Teague SALE Price reduced from $1600 Version two of the three original Iconic Polaroid desk lamps. Mode...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Copper

Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic Machine Age design in aluminum, enameled metal and bakelite. Rare complete lamp with original celluloid diffuser, socket and switch, in great working condition. Paper label on...
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1930s American Machine Age Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Acrylic

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Crystal Console Set for Steuben
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Crystal Console Set for Steuben; vase candlestick candle holder Rare three-piece streamline industrial design set by Teague for Steuben. ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Crystal

Dorwin Teague & Giudice, Rare Polaroid Modern Desk Lamp
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Paris, FR
Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960) & Frank Del Giudice (1917-1993) Desk Lamp, Model 114, designed in 1939 for the Polaroid Corporation Bakelite and Aluminium Labeled still present o...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague Conversation Plate, Taylor Smith Taylor
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague conversation plate, Taylor Smith Taylor Thistle pattern midcentury Uncommon square plate by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA. Marked "Conversation...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Ceramic

Trio Streamline Patented Industrial Design Autographic Registers by Teague, Etc.
By Walter Dorwin Teague, John Q Sherman
Located in Dallas, TX
Early patented machine age re-designs of common commercial objects by the masters: John Q. Sherman, 1938, for Standard Register Co. rare streamline aluminum &quot;Protect-O-Form&...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Credenza
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sleek Art Deco Credenza, designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, American, circa 1930s. We believe the black lacquer finish to be original, as it has some overall craquelure to the finish ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

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Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Receipt Printer for Moore Business Forms
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Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Medalist Camera with Case
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Eastman Kodak
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Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Crystal Console Set for Steuben
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Crystal Console Set for Steuben; vase candlestick candle holder Rare three-piece streamline industrial design set by Teague for Steuben. ...
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Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague Conversation Plate, Taylor Smith Taylor
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague conversation plate, Taylor Smith Taylor Thistle pattern midcentury Uncommon square plate by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA. Marked "Conversation...
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Trio Streamline Patented Industrial Design Autographic Registers by Teague, Etc.
By Walter Dorwin Teague, John Q Sherman
Located in Dallas, TX
Early patented machine age re-designs of common commercial objects by the masters: John Q. Sherman, 1938, for Standard Register Co. rare streamline aluminum &quot;Protect-O-Form&...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Art Deco Hastings Dining Table / Chairs Rare Double X-Base Teague / Deskey
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Hastings
Located in Dallas, TX
Art Deco Hastings Dining Table / Chairs Double X-Base Teague / Deskey Very rare example of a massive Art Deco extension dining table, complete with it's original Captain's chair and...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Leather, Ebony, Burl

Machine Age Art Deco Bakelite Polaroid Study Lamp Del Guidice / Teague SALE
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco bakelite polaroid study lamp Del Guidice / Walter Dorwin Teague SALE Price reduced from $1600 Version two of the three original Iconic Polaroid desk lamps. Mode...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Copper

Art Deco Machine Age John Vassos Turntable / Record Player for GE, circa 1939
By John Vassos
Located in Dallas, TX
Art Deco Machine Age John Vassos turntable / record player for GE, circa 1939 General Electric These are very cool. Great Vassos original patented design in US and Canada. Super ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Bakelite, Paper

British Machine Age Sailboat Radiant Heater by Bunting Electric, circa 1930s
By Bunting Electric Company
Located in Dallas, TX
British Machine Age Sailboat Radiant Heater by Bunting Electric, circa 1930s Iconic Art Deco Bunting "Yacht" fire. Early model with original applied decals. 230/250 volt original el...
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1930s Great Britain (UK) Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome

Art Deco Machine Age Buck Rogers "25th Century" Disintegrator Pistol for Daisy
Located in Dallas, TX
Art Deco Machine Age Buck Rogers "25th Century" Disintegrator Pistol for Daisy Buck Rogers Disintegrator Pistol XZ-38 1935 Patented Design by Charles F. Lefever for Daisy Mfg. C...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Copper, Steel

Walter Von Nessen Single Bathroom Fixture for Efco Lite
By Efco Lite 1, Walter Von Nessen
Located in Dallas, TX
Classic Nessen early fluted design on both shade and body. Original unrestored example, with original phenolic switch. Very good condition.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Machine Age Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Eucharist, Baptismal or Communion Font
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Mid-Century Modern Eucharist, Baptismal or Communion Font Rare and striking 20th century Religious artifact. Locking font (with key), presumably mounted on S...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome, Metal

Previously Available Items
Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid Desk Lamp
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Polaroid desk lamp in bakelite, aluminum and plastic film by Walter Dorwin Teague, 1939. Original cord. Original on/off switch on base of lamp. Diffuser is in excellent condition. Ta...
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Aluminum

  • Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid Desk Lamp
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid Desk Lamp
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid Desk Lamp
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Polaroid Desk Lamp
H 12.5 in. W 11 in. D 10 in.
Walter Dorwin Teague / Otto Wolf Desk Lamp Polaroid #114 c. 1940
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Otto Wolf Patent Holder
Located in Camden, ME
Polished aluminum and dark brown desk lamp for Polaroid. Classic in excellent original condition with replaced diffuser insert professionally rewired prior to delivery.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Ebony Sparton 517-B Radio Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Design
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Oakland, CA
Rare 1936 517-B Sparton “Cube” with the ebony lacquer finish plus chrome trim, a rare Art Deco radio. Manufactured by the Sparks-Withington Company of Jackson, Michigan and was the c...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

Art Deco Streamline Moderne Machine Age Desk by Walter Dorwin Teague for Texaco
By Royal Metal Co., Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Topeka, KS
Phenomenal Art Deco, streamline moderne, Machine Age black and chrome desk by Walter Dorwin Teague for Texaco. It is in fabulous vintage condition but not without small imperfections...
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Mid-20th Century American Machine Age Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome, Steel, Aluminum

Ebony Sparton 517-B Radio Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Design
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Oakland, CA
Rare 1936 517-B Sparton “Cube” with the ebony lacquer finish plus chrome trim, a rare Art Deco radio. Manufactured by the Sparks-Withington Company of Jackson, Michigan and was the c...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

Art Deco Machine Age "Polaroid" Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Polaroid Corporation, Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in New York, NY
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 celebra...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Aluminum

Streamline Machine Age Art Deco Sideboard by Walter Dorwin Teague for Hastings
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in New York, NY
This is a really beautiful sideboard or console cabinet designed by Walter Darwin Teaque for Hastings Co. It is exotic book-matched burled walnut with black lacquer accents and polis...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Aluminum

Important Art Deco Enamel and Chrome Box Fitted Camera by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Eastman Kodak
Located in New York, NY
Walter Dorwin Teague (1883 -1960), the renowned American Industrial designer, conceived this Art Deco camera and box (model no. 1A Gift camera) in 1930 for the Christmas season, whic...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal, Enamel

Art Deco Machine Age Polaroid Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Polaroid Corporation
Located in New York, NY
This Art Deco Machine Age lamp is made of brown Bakelite and a brushed aluminum fittings. It was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague in 1939. It exemplifies the Machine Age movement on ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Aluminum

Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Gift Camera #1A Case
By Eastman Kodak, Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is an incredible piece of Art Deco history in America. A classic Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Art Deco camera model #1 A case. Walter Dorwin Teague (1883 -1960) designed this A...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

  • Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Gift Camera #1A Case
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Gift Camera #1A Case
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Gift Camera #1A Case
  • Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Gift Camera #1A Case
H 2.50 in. W 8.82 in. D 4.38 in.
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Bantam Special Camera
By Eastman Kodak, Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Streamline Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Bantam Special Camera Clean original untouched version of this Iconic camera. Introduced in 1936. The Special's clam she...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome, Aluminum, Enamel

Art Deco Sparton 566 "Bluebird" Radio by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in New York, NY
A vintage 1930s iconic Sparton 556 "Bluebird" radio by Walter Dorwin Teague. The radio is in working condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome

Walter Dorwin Teague furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Walter Dorwin Teague furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Walter Dorwin Teague collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 10 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Walter Dorwin Teague was created in the Art Deco style in the United States during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Frankart, Ronson and Chase and Co.. The prices for Walter Dorwin Teague furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $395 and tops out at $6,800, while pieces like these can sell for $1,848 on average.

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