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Lucie Rie

Footed bowl

circa 1975
Porcelain, manganese glaze with radiating sgraffito design, white glazed foot and well.
9.7 cm (3 7/8 in.) high, 25.6 cm (10 1/8 in.) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 ♠

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Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Besson, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993

  • Exhibited

    'Lucie Rie and Hans Coper', Galerie Besson, London, June-July 1993

  • Literature

    John Houston, ed., Lucie Rie: a survey of her life and work, exh. cat., Crafts Council and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1981, p. 76, no. 121 for a similar example
    Issey Miyake Meets Lucie Rie, exh. cat., Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo, 1989, pp. 34, 113, no. 77 for a similar example
    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1994, p. 165 for a similar example

  • 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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55

Lucie Rie

Footed bowl

circa 1975
Porcelain, manganese glaze with radiating sgraffito design, white glazed foot and well.
9.7 cm (3 7/8 in.) high, 25.6 cm (10 1/8 in.) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 ♠

Place Advance Bid

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018