‘Important and Unique’ Noguchi Table Sells for $2.9 M. at Christie’s

Isamu Noguchi, 'An Important and Unique Table for Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Dretzin,' 1948-1949. (Courtesy Christie's)

Am Isamu Noguchi fossil marble table, commissioned in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Dretzin, sold for more than twice its high estimate today at Christie’s Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sale, making $2,882,500 with buyer’s premium. It had been estimated to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million and is, according to the accompanying text, the “most important piece of Noguchi furniture ever to come to public sale.” According to the Artnet database, it is the most expensive work of Noguchi ever sold in a design sale and the third-highest price ever realized for a work by the artist. Read More


Noguchi Museum, Toasting the Artist’s Birth, Launches Online Catalogue Raisonné


The Long Island City-based Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum announced today that it will build an online catalogue raisonné for the pioneering 20th-century artist, which will be freely accessible to the public, and released the first set of works in the database, which numbers more than 300 complete works. An additional 1,000 pieces have partial entries. Read More