IRVING HARPER MODEL 2213 'ASTERISK' CLOCK FOR HOWARD MILLER (1964)
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A model 2213 'Asterisk' clock designed by Irving Harper, working under the auspices of George Nelson Associates, for HOWARD MILLER in 1964. Harper was a prolific, innovative, and creative artist in his own right; indeed much of Nelson's best-known work was executed by Harper, including some of its most iconic furniture pieces—for example, the 'Marshmallow' sofa and the 'Coconut' chair—in addition to most of the clocks. Nelson began creating clocks for HOWARD MILLER in 1947. It is estimated that there are over 150 designs. The first of these was the famous model 4755, aka the 'Ball' clock. All the clocks were electrical. Wall clocks were available with a cord and plug or as a "Chronopak" which mounted directly into a standard outlet box. HOWARD MILLER discontinued the Nelson clock line in the 1980s. (It was reissued by Vitra in the following decade.) The 'Asterisk' was originally available only in black or white, though other colors were later added. The clock on offer has its original electrical cord. Its body is in excellent vintage condition except that the paint on the hour hand is abraded in one spot where years of friction from the minute hand have left a mark [see photo]. Label on the back and plate on the front.
Style – MODERNIST
Design Year – 1964
Country of Origin – USA
Designer – IRVING HARPER (1916-2015)
Maker – HERMAN MILLER
Attribution – MARKED
Materials – ENAMEL, STEEL
Colors – WHITE, BLACK
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Additional Condition Details – paint on the hour hand is abraded in one spot from years of friction against the minute hand.
Plug – N. AMERICAN
Diameter (in.) – 10.0
Depth (in.) – 3.0