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Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Walter Dorwin Teague (USA, 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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Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Bantam Special Camera
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Eastman Kodak
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

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Medalist Camera with Case
By Eastman Kodak, Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Metal

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

Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Hudson, 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

Mid-Century Modern Walter Dorwin Teague Conversation Plate, Taylor Smith Taylor
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Ceramic

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

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 Crystal Console Set for Steuben
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Crystal, Glass

Machine Age Art Deco Bakelite Polaroid Study Lamp Del Guidice / Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Copper, Bakelite, Parchment Paper

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

Pair Walter Dorwin Teague Receipt Printers for Moore Business Forms, circa 1946
By Walter Dorwin Teague, Moore Business Forms, Inc.
Located in Dallas, TX
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Trio Streamline Patented Industrial Design Autographic Registers by Teague, Etc.
By John Q Sherman, Walter Dorwin Teague
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 "Protect-O-Form&...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Receipt Printer for Moore Business Forms
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
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1940s American Industrial Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Machine Age Art Deco Walter Von Nessen for Chase Cube Cigarette Servers, Pair
By Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company
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Machine Age Art Deco Streamline Electro Pointer Bakelite Pencil Sharpener
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Machine Age Art Deco Streamline Morris Bakelite Electric Pencil Sharpener
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Machine Age Art Deco Industrial Design DeVilbis Electric Steam Vaporizer
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Machine Age Art Deco Industrial Design Patented Henry Dreyfuss Thermostats
By Henry Dreyfuss, Honeywell
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Machine Age Art Deco Rene Chambellan Medallion, Rare Oversized Westinghouse
By Medallic Art Company, René Paul Chambellan
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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