Property from the Geyer Collection
WALTER DORWIN TEAGUE
"BLUEBIRD" RADIO, MODEL NO. 566
designed circa 1934
produced by Sparton Corporation, Jackson, Michigan
mirrored glass, chromium-plated metal, fabric, painted wood
14¼ x 14½ x 7 in. (36.2 x 36.8 x 17.8 cm)
Overall in good condition. The blue glass surface presents with scattered scratches and very minor losses to metallic coating, the largest measuring three inches across, consistent with age and gentle use. Radio comes with additional glass round (11 inches diam., 1/4 inch. deep), which also presents with scattered scratches and minor losses to metallic backing. The wood surfaces present with scattered accretions, minor losses to paint, and discoloration, consistent with age and use. The metal surfaces present with minor oxidation, scattered very minor scratches, and nicks, mainly concentrated to the front dials. The fabric surface of the radio exhibits tearing and losses the largest measuring 2 inches across, consistent with the natural aging process of the material over time. Minor surface dirt and dust, mainly concentrated to the recesses of the piece and to the interior workings. The back of the radio is missing its wood backing, easily replaced by a professional restorer. Radio is fixed with a two-prong American outlet, however, this radio has not been tested and Sotheby's does not guarantee the working of movements. An iconic example of Dorwin Tegue's elegant Art Deco forms.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
J. Stewart Johnson, American Modern 1925-1940: Design For a New Age, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000, p. 95
Reyer Kras, Icons of Design! The Twentieth Century, Munich, 2000, p. 57