In celebrating my upcoming class on collecting furniture by Isamu Noguchi on Tuesday morning, where I will host Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Museum, I would like to feature Noguchi’s memorable Dretzin Table, commissioned by Samuel C. Dretzin in 1948, when he served as the President of MoMA. This magnificent sculptural coffee table, crafted of fossil marble, which I was privileged to see in person when exhibited at Christie’s New York in June of 2012, had remained within the family until that date, when it fetched $2.9mm. It all started in the late 1940's when the Dretzins commissioned architect Sydney Katz to design their modernist summerhouse in Chappaqua, NY. The black and white photos, taken by Ezra Stoller capture the stylish home, where the Dretzins showcased their art collection of works by Georgia O'Keefe and Henry Moore. Noguchi’s table, which grew from the totem slab sculptures that he created during that period, was just one of the pieces he created for this commission. The dining table and chandelier above it, which were lost, were also made by him, at a time, he had established himself as a major figure in American Art.
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