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  • Provenance

    Bonhams, Contemporary Ceramics, London, February 1990, Lot 257

  • Literature

    Jennifer Lee, Serene Beauty: Lucie Rie Retrospective, exh. cat., Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, 2002, pp. 66-67 for a similar example; Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, French edition, Vendin le Vieil, 2006, p. 113 for similar examples

  • 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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Rare bowl with impressed circular designs

ca. 1980
Porcelain, manganese and pale green glaze, circular impressed designs inlaid with glaze are repeated freehand in sgraffito on the interior.
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diameter.
Impressed with artist’s seal.

$6,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $25,000


9 June 2010
New York