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A work made of bakelite, brush-burnished silver, chrome, and enamel.

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  • A work made of bakelite, brush-burnished silver, chrome, and enamel.

Date:

1928–29

Artist:

Paul Theodore Frankl (American, born Austria, 1886–1958)
Manufactured by Warren Telechron Co. (American, active 1926–1992)
Ashland, Massachusetts

About this artwork

In addition to skyscraper-inspired furniture such as the Art Institute’s tall, stepped cabinet (see 1998.567), Paul Frankl designed small objects intended to be strategically placed throughout the home in order to create unified, modern interiors. This electric clock was heralded as thoroughly modern, both inside and out. Not only was it featured as an exemplary modern decorative object in contemporary publications, it was also advertised as affordable and “nontarnishable” in order to appeal to a wide consumer base.

Status

On View, Gallery 271

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Paul Theodore Frankl

Title

Clock

Place

Massachusetts (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1928–1929

Medium

Bakelite, brush-burnished silver, chrome, and enamel

Dimensions

19.4 × 12.9 × 9.5 cm (7 5/8 × 5 1/16 × 3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Susan and Jerome Kahn through the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

2000.129

Extended information about this artwork

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