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Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio

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Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio
Item Details
Description
Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio Corporation, USA, 1937

Bakelite, enameled steel
The Radio Nurse with molded information panel: "Zenith Radio Nurse, Design by Noguchi, Patent Applied For, 117 Volts - 50/60 Cycle - 25 Watts, Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago"
The Guardian Ear with stamped metal information panel: "The Guardian Ear of the Radio Nurse, Patent Applied For, 117 Volts - 50/60 Cycle - 25 Watt, Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago"



(H: 8 1/4, W: 6 3/4, D: 6 3/8 in. (Radio Nurse); H: 6 1/4, W: 4 1/4, D: 8 1/4 in. (Guardian Ear))

Qty: (2)

Provenance

Property From a Private Pennsylvania Collection



Literature

Bruce Altchuler, Noguchi, Abbeville, pg. 32 (for an illustration and discussion of the model)
Russell Flinchum, American Design, MOMA, p. 66
David Hanks, The Century of Modern Design, Flammarion, pp. 66-67
Isamu Noguchi, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Abrams, pg. 231 (for a reference and recollection by Noguchi on the model)
Richard Guy Wilson, The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941, Brooklyn Museum / Abrams, pg. 333 (for an illustration and discussion of the model)

Note

Examples of this model are held in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Henry Ford Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Francisco Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, MAK Museum Vienna, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and others.



Good condition, the Radio Nurse with moderate overall wear commensurate with age and use, showing minor scratches, scuffs, uneveness in finish, paint transfer, and other similar wear; one older small fill to case chip at rear edge or one leg, measuring 1/8 x 1/8 in.; one screw missing to rear center above information panel; cord and plug apparently original. The Guardian Ear with similar moderate wear, including chips to paint, overall light stains and discoloration, heavy wear and insulation loss to original cord.

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Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000
Sep 29, 2022
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Starting Price $1,500
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0048: Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio
Sold for $5,00011 Bids
Est. $3,000 - $5,000Starting Price $1,500
Art and Design
Sep 29, 2022 11:00 AM EDT
Buyer's Premium 26%
Lot 0048 Details
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Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) Radio Nurse and Guardian Ear, Zenith Radio Corporation, USA, 1937

Bakelite, enameled steel
The Radio Nurse with molded information panel: "Zenith Radio Nurse, Design by Noguchi, Patent Applied For, 117 Volts - 50/60 Cycle - 25 Watts, Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago"
The Guardian Ear with stamped metal information panel: "The Guardian Ear of the Radio Nurse, Patent Applied For, 117 Volts - 50/60 Cycle - 25 Watt, Zenith Radio Corp., Chicago"



(H: 8 1/4, W: 6 3/4, D: 6 3/8 in. (Radio Nurse); H: 6 1/4, W: 4 1/4, D: 8 1/4 in. (Guardian Ear))

Qty: (2)

Provenance

Property From a Private Pennsylvania Collection



Literature

Bruce Altchuler, Noguchi, Abbeville, pg. 32 (for an illustration and discussion of the model)
Russell Flinchum, American Design, MOMA, p. 66
David Hanks, The Century of Modern Design, Flammarion, pp. 66-67
Isamu Noguchi, The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Abrams, pg. 231 (for a reference and recollection by Noguchi on the model)
Richard Guy Wilson, The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941, Brooklyn Museum / Abrams, pg. 333 (for an illustration and discussion of the model)

Note

Examples of this model are held in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Henry Ford Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Francisco Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, MAK Museum Vienna, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and others.



Good condition, the Radio Nurse with moderate overall wear commensurate with age and use, showing minor scratches, scuffs, uneveness in finish, paint transfer, and other similar wear; one older small fill to case chip at rear edge or one leg, measuring 1/8 x 1/8 in.; one screw missing to rear center above information panel; cord and plug apparently original. The Guardian Ear with similar moderate wear, including chips to paint, overall light stains and discoloration, heavy wear and insulation loss to original cord.

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