Lucie Rie - Lucie Rie and Hans Coper: Potter and Artist London Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Thence by descent

  • Literature

    John Houston, ed., Lucie Rie: a survey of her life and work, exh. cat., Crafts Council and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1981, p. 69 for a similar example of the form

  • Artist Biography

    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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Property from the late William Ohly Collection


Serving dish

late 1940s
Stoneware, interior with white glaze, exterior with matt terracotta glaze with sgraffito around rim.
29.3 cm (11 1/2 in.) wide
Impressed with artist's seal.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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Lucie Rie and Hans Coper: Potter and Artist

London Auction 18 October 2018