Tall vase with flaring lip

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  • Provenance

    Lucie Rie, Albion Mews Studio, London
    Phillips Auctioneers, London, 'Lucie Rie/HansCoper Masterworks', 20 June 2000, lot 37

  • Exhibited

    ‘Masterworks: Lucie Rie and Hans Coper’, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Royal Pump Rooms, 21 April-3 June 2001 (from collection on temporary loan, 2001-2002)
    Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Gallery 10 and the Industrial Gallery, June 2002-June 2004 (from collection on temporary loan, June 2002-June 2004)
    ‘Masterpieces of Studio Pottery’, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, 29 January-15 May 2005 (from collection on temporary loan, 26 August 2004-31 July 2007)
    ‘Lucie Rie & Hans Coper: Art Alive is Always Modern’, MIMA, Middlesbrough, 28 November 2008-15 February 2009 (from collection on temporary loan, 1 February 2008-21 August 2012)

  • Literature

    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 2004, illustrated p. 129
    Lucie Rie – A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, p. 109, item 65

  • Artist Bio

    Lucie Rie

    Austrian • 1902 - 1995

    Dame Lucie Rie studied under Michael Powolny at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna before immigrating to London in 1938. In London she started out making buttons for the fashion industry before producing austere, sparsely decorated tableware that caught the attention of modernist interior decorators. Eventually she hit her stride with the pitch-perfect footed bowls and flared vases for which she is best-known today. She worked in porcelain and stoneware, applying glaze directly to the unfired body and firing only once. She limited decoration to incised lines, subtle spirals and golden manganese lips, allowing the beauty of her thin-walled vessels to shine through. In contrast with the rustic pots of English ceramicist Bernard Leach, who is considered an heir to the Arts and Crafts movement, collectors and scholars revere Rie for creating pottery that was in dialogue with the design and architecture of European Modernism.

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Lucie Rie

Tall vase with flaring lip

circa 1958
Stoneware, white glaze with manganese speckle.
38.3 cm (15 1/8 in) high
Impressed with artist’s seal.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 

sold for £31,250

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London 25 April 2013 2pm