Nocturne Radio


Walter Dorwin Teague (American, 1883–1960), designer
Sparton Corporation, Jackson, Michigan, est. 1900, manufacturer




Blue mirrored glass, wood body, and chrome-plated and lacquered metal trim


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Purchase in honor of Linda Teetz, President of the Members Guild,1997-98, with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment

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On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 310

Walter Dorwin Teague’s Nocturne radio is one of the most memorable and remarkable icons of the Machine Age in America. Geometric and classically balanced, the radio is one of the most forwardly modern expressions in American design from the 1930s. The circular reflection of the blue mirror together with precise chrome strips gives the radio a strong aesthetic impact. At the time of its introduction the radio retailed for $350, which put it out of reach for most Americans. It was often used in public spaces such as hotel lobbies; a smaller version called the Bluebird was also available. It was appropriate that this strong machine aesthetic be applied to a radio, which by the mid-1930s was the most advanced and widespread entertainment medium.