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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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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

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

Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak Medalist Camera with Case
By Eastman Kodak, Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Walter Dorwin Teague Kodak medalist camera with case Modernist Streamline If you are into Teague's early Industrial designs, this is a relatively difficult ...
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1940s 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
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

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
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

Machine Age Art Deco Bakelite Polaroid Study Lamp Del Guidice / Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco bakelite polaroid study lamp Del Guidice / Teague Version two of the three original iconic Polaroid desk lamps. Model 100 study lamp, by Frank J. Del Guidice...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Copper

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

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 "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
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

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Pair of embassy crystal cordial glasses, designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for Libby Glass Company, circa 1939.
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Ebony Sparton 517-B Radio Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Design
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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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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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Teague Desk Lamp for Polaroid
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
One of the 3 Polaroid designs by Walter Dorwin Teague. Mint example with original polarizing diffuser. Polaroid Desk Lamp #112 Bakelite 8 3/4"high x 7 1/2"wide x 8"deep
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Art Deco Cabinet by Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Atlanta, GA
Art Deco Cabinet, designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, American, circa 1930's. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, or bar in a living area, or as a d...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Chrome

Walter Dorwin Teague Architectural Rendering
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Hingham, MA
An original architectural rendering from 1949 by Walter Dorwin Teague Designers for the R. H. Stearns department store in Chestnut Hill, MA. The rendering is dated 26 August 1949. Th...
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1940s American Streamlined Moderne Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

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Paper

Streamline Polaroid Desk Lamp by Walter Dorwin Teague, circa 1939
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Essex, MA
Executive Desk Lamp , Model No. 114, by Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960), and manufactured by the Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1939-1941, in bakelite and alu...
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1930s American 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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1936 Kodak Bantam Special Art Deco Camera Walter Dorwin Teague
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Wallkill, NY
1936 Kodak Bantam Special Art Deco Folding Camera with Original leather case. Made by Eastman Kodak Co. and designed by Walter Dorwin Teague in 1936. This camera has a Compur Rapi...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Walter Dorwin Teague Furniture

Matched set iconic Teague/Fuerst Libbey Embassy champagnes
By Walter Dorwin Teague
Located in Dallas, TX
Pristine condition set of 6. All signed with Libbey acid-etched stamp. 6.5" tall 3 5/8" bowl diameter 2 7/8" base diameter
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Art Deco Streamline Moderne Machine Age Desk by Walter Dorwin Teague for Texaco
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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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Ebony Sparton 517-B Radio Walter Dorwin Teague Art Deco Design
By Walter Dorwin Teague
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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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