Art Deco Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague, 1939 For Sale
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Art Deco Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague, 1939

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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 movement. Our lamp is a high polished black bakelite, unlike the more common brown version. It is in perfect working condition, and is complete with the light diffusing "Polarizer" film inside the shade. The lamp retains its' original identifying label to the underside. Documented in: "The Machine Age In America 1918-1941" Page 334 "American Art Deco" Page 71 "American Modern" Page 162 "American Streamlined Design" Page 59.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 12.50 in. x W 11.50 in. x D 9.50 in.

    H 31.75 cm x W 29.21 cm x D 24.13 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number
    LU812010963841

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About Walter Dorwin Teague (Designer)

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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