The Cat

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Object Name: 
The Cat
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 29.6 cm: Plate Diam: 25.3 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Harry W. and Mary M. Anderson in memory of Carl G. and Borghild M. Anderson and Paul E. and Louise Wheeler
Web Description: 
The celebrated sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi was born in the United States, but he spent his early years in Japan. After studying art in New York City, he moved in 1923 to Paris, where he was an assistant to the well-known Romanian abstract sculptor Constantin Brancusi. In Paris, Noguchi met other influential sculptors interested in abstract art, such as Alberto Giacometti and Alexander Calder. In his art, Noguchi combined Western and Eastern approaches to abstraction. The design of this plate was inspired by Japanese painting.
Twenty-seven Contemporary Artists
Anderson, Harry W., Source
Anderson, Mary M., Source
Primary Description: 
Plate with Sleeping Cat. From the Steuben series "Twenty-Seven Contemporary Artists."Colorless lead glass, metal mount; blown, engraved. Shallow circular dish with lipless, fire-polished rim in metal mount; back side engraved with stylized linear depiction of curled cat; no pontil; dish sits vertically in silver-colored metal channel rim that surrounds three-fourths of dish, ends of mount curve out at lower one-quarter of dish, split and turn out at 90° degrees to form two pairs of base supports; inscribed in script near rim of glass at lowest point: "Steuben 1939".
Isamu Noguchi
Vitra Design Museum 2001-06-27 through 2001-07-07
Design Museum 2001-07-08 through 2001-12
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia 2002 through 2002
Museo d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto 2003-03-14 through 2003-05-05
Kunsthal Rotterdam 2003-05-10 through 2003-08-31
Corning Glass Center 2000/Steuben Exhibition
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1997-09-20 through 1997-10-11
Steuben Design (2004) illustrated, p. 100; BIB# 84868
Glass + Glamour: Steuben's Modern Movement 1930-1960 (2003) illustrated, p. 83; p. 93; BIB# 76609
A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Glass (1999) illustrated, p. 89; BIB# 67965
Recent Important Acquisitions, 32 (1990) illustrated, p. 202, #37; BIB# AI74245
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1989 (1990) illustrated, pp. 5-6; BIB# AI96380
Steuben: Seventy Years of American Glassmaking (1974) illustrated, pp. 98-99; BIB# 18631
The Cat (1938) illustrated BIB# 66431