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Art Deco Skyscraper Warren Telechron Clock Modernique by Paul Frankl, 1928

$4,400

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Art Deco skyscraper warren Telechron clock 431Modernique by Paul Frankl, 1928. It features Machine Age numbering around the dial, circumscribed by a starburst motif in alternating bands of silver and white gold hues. It is inscribed “Telechron” in the center of the dial. This rare iconic clock was designed during a time when the majority of electric clocks sold for around 5.00, this clock retailed for $50.00, earning it the nickname “the fifty dollar clock.” The stock market crash and great depression struck shortly after an introduction and, as a result very few were produced and few sold. It is inscribed on the back “Warren Telechron Co. Ashland, Mass. USA”. It has been newly serviced and in excellent vintage condition. A perfect new cloth cord with original connecting bakelite plugs. In excellent vintage condition with some restoration to the enamel paint on the sides and top. Exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, materials bakelite, brush-burnished silver, chrome, and enamel.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Width: 5.75 in. (14.61 cm)Depth: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1928
  • Condition
    Rewired: new cord. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Oakland, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30431stDibs: LU871421975472

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    Ships From: Oakland, CA
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About Paul Frankl (Designer)

Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries — among them Kem Weber, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra — who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Prolific and protean, Frankl would go on to design furnishings that are emblematic of nearly every key stylistic chord in American modernism, from the streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes.

     His “Skyscraper” cabinets, introduced in 1924, are Frankl’s earliest and best-known designs (and the work by which he is most often represented in institutions, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tall and narrow, the pieces have staggered shelves meant to mimic the setbacks of Manhattan office towers. A later visually expressive line — the “Speed” chairs and sofas, which have a raked profile suggesting motion — links Frankl to Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy and other creators of “Streamlined Moderne” design.

     Frankl moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and luxuriated in the climate and lifestyle. His designs became lighter and simpler and found an audience among the Hollywood élite. (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire were clients.) Fascinated by Asian arts, Frankl produced numerous pieces — tabletops with edges that curve upward; sofas and chairs with rattan frames — inspired by Chinese and Japanese forms and materials. In the 1940s, Frankl became one of the first designers to incorporate free-form, biomorphic shapes in his work, as well as novel upholstery fabrics such as denim and nubby wool.

     Frankl biographer Christopher Long argues that the designer’s easy, elegant aesthetic had an enormous influence on movie set design. As the furniture below attests, Paul Frankl’s work is ready for its close-up.

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