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Property from a private collection, Germany

Lucie Rie

Vase with flaring lip

circa 1974
Stoneware, mixed clays creating an integral red, brown and white spiral.
16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£6,000 - 9,000 ♠

sold for £6,875

Contact Specialist
Sofia Sayn-Wittgenstein
Specialist
+44 207 901 7926

  • 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. 79, no. 139, p. 84, no. 177 for similar examples
    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1994, p. 56, 179 for similar examples

  • 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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17

Property from a private collection, Germany

Lucie Rie

Vase with flaring lip

circa 1974
Stoneware, mixed clays creating an integral red, brown and white spiral.
16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£6,000 - 9,000 ♠

sold for £6,875

Contact Specialist
Sofia Sayn-Wittgenstein
Specialist
+44 207 901 7926

Design

London Auction 20 September 2017

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