Alexis de Sakhnoffsky
Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was a prominent Russian-American industrial designer, known principally for his Streamline-style automotive designs. Born in 1901, Sakhnoffsky emigrated to Switzerland in 1919 and by the 1920s had become a well-known designer of European sports cars. He relocated to North America in 1929 and was employed by the Hayes Body Corporation where he did design work for several Hayes customers like Auburn and Cord automobiles.
In early 1938 he was retained by the Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corp to design a series of radio cabinets, the most famous being the BD-197 or Mae West as it has become known to collectors. The Count became a world authority on the curvaceous and streamlined designs for automobiles, trailers, bicycles, planes, boats, radios, domestic appliances, furniture and even wristwatches.
"Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided." Mae West
Emerson AX-212 "Bulls-Eye" Art Deco Sakhnoffsky Designed Radio
Beautiful Maple Veneer on this Ingraham Cabinet
The impressive design of this 1939 Emerson makes it the most Machine Age Ingraham cabinet made. The design with it's incredible protruding "Bullseye" and curved cabinet styling is attributed to designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky who was responsible for the design of the incredible "Mae West".
This Art Deco model with its beautiful golden maple veneer is highlighted with bright green plastic inlays that wrap around the sides and top of the curved wood formed case.
The radio has been professionally cosmetically restored back to its original beauty. No color was added to the lacquer, only a sheer lustre was applied and the black accents were re-painted. The radio was a very clean example prior to restoration, and it had no missing or chipped veneers or the wrap around plastic inlays. The richness of the all original veneers used by Ingraham have a remarkable of depth of color that is just stunning.
The radio still retains its original metal Ingraham tag on the bottom and it's original jet black Bakelite knobs. The gold painted metal dial is original and in great condition with only a small signs of age. Radio has the original dial plastic which is in great condition with no haziness and only a little yellowing. This radio is rarely seen.
This small radio measures approximately: 9.5" Wide by 5.5" High by 4" Deep. The chassis of this radio seems complete. This set is sold "as-is + untested" and as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.
Emerson BD-197 "Mae West" Art Deco Sakhnoffsky Designed Radio
Striking Design on This Rare and Beautiful Mae-West Radio
This Art Deco Emerson "Mae West" radio was designed by Count Alexis De Sakhnoffsky. This provocative design using circular shaped wood was radical in a time when rectangular tombstone radios and furniture-like consoles were stylish. No other radio made by Emerson compares to the Mae West in design. This is what makes the BD-197 quite rare today and would be the highlight of any radio collection. Radio's cabinet was made for Emerson Radio by Ingraham of Bristol, Connecticut
This example is in excellent condition and has been cosmetically restored at one time. The finish has a lustre to it and a beautiful rich color with very few imperfections/dings in the wood. The swirled Tenite dial + speaker bezels with the famous Mae West cones are in great condition with very little warpage and also have no cracks or repairs. The cone over the dial(right) has a little scuff mark on the tip which does not detract from the beauty of the radio. The original plastic dial lens has no hazing and very little yellowing and wood knobs are original. The blue, red and gold dial is colorful and looks great. The grill cloth is original and in good condition with normal discoloration, age wear and one dime sized area that is worn through.
This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician