Art Deco RCA 1939 Electric Piano by John Vassos For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 11 images

Art Deco RCA 1939 Electric Piano by John Vassos


Seeking to introduce bold new designs at the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair, noted industrial designer John Vassos was called to action. His designs were nothing short of groundbreaking. The first television was introduced, along with an aluminum portable phonograph, tubular chrome radios, and this incredible electric piano. The walnut case design was Vassos' brainchild, while RCA supplied the electronics, and Story & Clark provided the soundboard and keyboard. This example has been totally refinished, and the electrical components rebuilt. The ivory keyboard has been tuned and adjusted, resulting in a remarkably rich sound. The piano actually uses standard strings, amplified by a microphonic pickup, a precursor to the electric guitar pickup. The volume knob setting and foot gain pedal allow you to adjust from spinet to full grand piano volume, with a warm, natural tone. The piano is finished on all sides, and features a matching bench, topped in leather.


  • Production time
    Available Now
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 39 in. x W 59 in. x D 26 in.

    H 99.06 cm x W 149.86 cm x D 66.04 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2005
Typical response time: 14 hrs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Art Deco Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Te...
Walter Dorwin Teague
American Table Lamps
Aluminum, Bakelite
One of the true icons of 20th century design! Designed by Teague for the Polaroid Corporation in 1939, the lamp captures the forward motion of modern design of the 1930's Art Deco mo...
Electric Mechanical Art Deco Yacht Bar
American Dry Bars
Stainless Steel
This amazing bar cabinet began its life on a noted American families yacht. When closed, the mahogany cabinet is devoid of all decoration, except a metal rail on the front and a red ...
Art Deco Black Lacquered Wurlitzer Butterfly Piano
American Musical Instruments
Leather, Chrome
In 1939, Wurlitzer introduced the "butterfly" pianos, aptly named for the unique winged top design. There were variations in cabinet appointments, such as legs, music stands, and lyr...
Bauhaus Style Art Deco Bronze Piano Lamp or Des...
German Table Lamps
Although the designer of this beautiful lamp is unknown, it displays all the simple grace of the German Bauhaus objects. The lamp has a lovely patina on the surfaces, and looks fanta...
You May Also Like
Art Deco John P. Rainbault Desk Clock for Gener...
Walter Dorwin Teague
American Table Clocks and Desk Clocks
This desk clock is an Art Deco treasure, with a new motor installed. Clock face and back are in very good condition.
Art Deco Carved Propeller Clock by Waltham Elec...
Waltham Electric
American Clocks
American Art Deco desk clock by Waltham Electric. The clock is composed of light wood carved in the form of a propeller (Non-operational).
1939 New York World's Fair Art Deco Collectibles
American Collectibles and Curiosities
Rare machine age Knapp-Monarch chromed table fan with NYWF enameled badge. Excellent satin glass boudoir lamp in stylized Trylon & Perisphere form. Rare original laminated counter ...
Mirrored Art Deco Electric Digital Clock by Lawson
Lawson Clocks Gallery
American Clocks
Aluminum, Mirror
This 1934 Art Deco digital clock by Lawson Clocks Limited of Los Angeles features dual-toned (silver and peach) mirrored glass paneling along the front and sides and a polished alumi...
Egyptian Revival Art Deco Fireplace Andirons by...
Universal Furniture Company
American Andirons
Unique pair of Egyptian Revival cast iron andirons. Each features a female figure, Egyptian motifs, and stylized geometric forms typical of the Art Deco period. Stamped "Universal...
Rare American Art Deco Washington Bicentennial ...
American Tobacco Accessories
This very rare, lovely and eccentric little cigar lighter cannon was a souvenir produced in 1932 to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington's birth in 1732. On one side it ...
1939 Japanese Art Deco Okimono Figure of a Bull...
Japanese Animal Sculptures
This enameled iron sculpture of a bull by Hiramatsu Koshun has a substantial feel, and a lovely patina which contrasts nicely with the futuristic contours of the figure. A fine examp...
Art Deco 1939 Rockwell Kent "Flame" Original Bl...
Rockwell Kent
American More Desk Accessories
Art Deco 1939 Rockwell Kent "Flame" original block print calendar One of Kent's most compelling wood-cut images. Likely two page excerpt from "1939 American Block Print Calendar ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries