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"Modernique" clock

Desk clock

designed 1928; manufactured about 1928–1932
Designed by Paul Theodore Frankl (American, born in Austria, 1886–1958), Manufactured by Warren Telechron Company (active 1912–1992)

Object Place: Ashland, Massachusetts


Overall: 19.1 x 14.9 x 9.5 cm (7 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chromium plated brass, glass, plastic (probably Bakelite), enamel

On View

John Axelrod Gallery (Gallery 326)





Rectangular clock face with radiating bands of alternating shiny and matte chrome. In center, circular clock face dial with red bands and black numbers. Black and silver hands. Beveled glass panel fits in front; base is black plastic (possibly Bakelite or Catalin) and sides are brushed chrome with triangle designs.


Metal plate attached to back


Purchased about 1988 by Richard A. Sementa, 20th Century Provenance, 348 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts from an unknown antiques dealer; purchased by the Museum in 2008 (Acquisition date: October 22, 2008).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by J. Parker Prindle