Spectacular Art Deco Philco RadioBar 1936
Item #2149 SOLD
This spectacular Art Deco Philco Radio Bar is one of the most highly sought after pieces by radio and bar enthusiasts alike. Created originally during the Prohibition Era – a time of fascination with hidden and secret liquor bars, it reached a high point with its 1936 design. All the accouterment (glassware in many sizes, decanters, cocktail shaker and accessories) fill this piece we are very proud to offer. The original brochure still tucked into the side compartment perhaps says it best:
“RadioBar provides the nucleus for formal and informal entertaining…hosts proclaim it , guests thrill to it…for the RadioBar with Philco is all things in one! The 1936 models, all exclusively equipped with Philco radio receivers … are ideal for the living room, the den, the library, the “rumpus” room. Radiobar provides the host or hostess with a convenient and superbly appointed means of entertaining! The Radiobar is not a “cellarette” to hide, but a magnificent piece of exquisitely designed furniture!”
In addition to the high style design, and the uniquely amusing combination of a radio and a bar, the Radiobar is featured in so many movies of the period as a kind of iconic symbol of luxury. You’ ll find it in the Bogart/ Cagney film “Angels with Dirty Faces” and taking center stage in” Gold Diggers of 1933″ when Joan Blondell and Warren Williams meet in her stylish Art Deco Flat. Catch another glimpse of it in the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “39 Steps” with Robert Donat.
We are especially excited about this model now that we have had the woodwork refinished, the array of glasses put into place, and a chance to listen to the deep tone of the radio (yes! it still works!). The promotional literature printed in 1936 is definitely a bonus you are sure to enjoy.
Walnut Finish Cabinet • Removable Aluminum Ice Container • Interior Light • All fittings, bottle holders and glass racks are of heavy chromium plate. 24 pieces of silver and gold banded cocktail glasses. Original glass cocktail shaker and bitters bottle, four etched decanters, brochures, cocktail napkins, and a working radio!
30″ wide , 15″ deep, 46.5″ tall
53″ wide when open