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Lucie Rie

Vase

circa 1974
Mixed clays creating an integral spiral beneath the glaze.
19.5 cm (7 5/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 ♠

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

  • Provenance

    Casson Gallery, London
    Private collection, the Netherlands

  • 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. 87, no. 198 for a similar example
    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1994, p. 64 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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18

Lucie Rie

Vase

circa 1974
Mixed clays creating an integral spiral beneath the glaze.
19.5 cm (7 5/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 ♠

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

Design

London Auction 20 September 2017

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