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Object ID #404536565

This is a Clock. It was designed by Paul T. Frankl. It is dated ca. 1928 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is chromium-plated and enameled metal, molded bakelite, brushed-burnished silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The slightly stepped form of this table clock is reminiscent of the skyscraper-inspired furniture also by Frankl, popular at the same time. When most clocks cost $5, this one cost $50, making it a luxury item.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Box Clock (USA), ca. 1816
  • wood case with painted dial on glass door, lead weights, paper.
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 317044.
  • 14.2012.46

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.7 × 14.6 × 9.5 cm (7 3/4 × 5 3/4 × 3 3/4 in.)

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Object ID #404536565; Designed by Paul T. Frankl (American, b. Austria, 1886–1958); chromium-plated and enameled metal, molded bakelite, brushed-burnished silver; H x W x D: 19.7 × 14.6 × 9.5 cm (7 3/4 × 5 3/4 × 3 3/4 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2015-41-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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