Rudder dining table, model IN-20
USA, c. 1949
50 w × 35½ d × 26¾ h in (127 × 90 × 68 cm)
Composed of four reductivist elements, the Rudder Fin table is a study in simplicity and organic form. Noguchi assembled an ovoid top, two parabolic legs and a curved birch fin into a functional sculpture. Because of its uncommon form, the Rudder Fin table never achieved broad popularity by the post-war public and was produced for only a short time.
Isamu Noguchi 1904–1988
Isamu Noguchi was the son of Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet, and Léonie Gilmour, an American writer. He was born in Los Angeles in 1904 but lived in Japan from the age of two until 1918 when he returned to the United States to attend school in Indiana. In 1922 Noguchi moved to New York to study pre-medicine at Columbia University. He also took night courses in sculpture with Onorio Ruotolo and soon after, he left Columbia in pursuit of a career in the arts.
In 1927 Noguchi received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a trip to Paris and the Far East. For six months in Paris, he worked in the studio of Constantin Brancusi and his own work became more abstract as Noguchi explored working with stone, wood and sheet metal. Noguchi returned to New York and in 1929 he met R. Buckminster Fuller and Martha Graham, colleagues and friends with whom he would later collaborate. In 1938 Noguchi was commissioned to complete a work for the Associated Press building in the Rockefeller Center in New York. Marking his first public sculpture, this work garnered attention and recognition for the artist in the United States.
Auction Results Isamu Noguchi
Important and Unique Dining Table for Mr. & Mrs. Milton Greene
table, model #IN-62
Rare and Important Chess table, model IN-61
rare and important Rudder dining suite from the Hasting Estate
Rare cloud ottoman, model IN-71
Rare Rudder dining suite
Chess table, model IN-61
Shaft & Root (IN82-2101)
Wind Catcher (IN82-2088)
Rudder coffee table, model IN-52