Isamu Noguchi - The Collector: Icons of Design New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Wright, Chicago, "Modernist 20th Century," June 6, 2004, lot 352
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    The Herman Miller Collection, sales catalogue, 1949, p. 55
    "Free form for Furniture", Architectural forum, April 1949, p. 212
    "Mobili dall'America," Domus, no. 236, May 1949, p. 39
    Nancy Grove and Diane Botnick, The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924–1979: A Catalogue, New York, 1980, p. 146, cat. no. 806
    Alexander von Vegesack, et al., eds., Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Design, exh. cat., Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2001, pp. 121, 275
    Larry List, ed., The Imagery of Chess, exh. cat., The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, 2005, cover, pp. vi, 129
    Garrett White, Genevieve Cortinovis and Amanda Thorpe, Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi, New York, 2007, pp. 60-61
    Michael Webb, Modernist Paradise, Niemeyer House/Boyd Collection, New York, 2007, pp. 68-69, pp. 148-49, 180-81
    Andrea Mehlhose and Martin Wellner, Modern Furniture: 150 Years of Design, Königswinter, 2009, p. 333

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips would like to thank The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum for their assistance cataloguing the present lot.


"Rudder" stool, model no. IN-22

circa 1944
Birch-laminated plywood, ash, aluminum, chromium-plated tubular metal, rubber.
17 5/8 x 14 x 18 3/8 in. (44.8 x 35.6 x 46.7 cm)
Manufactured by The Herman Miller Furniture Company, USA. Underside with partially legible inscription IN/22 in black crayon.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $47,500

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The Collector: Icons of Design

New York Auction 16 December 2014 5pm