Lucie Rie - Design New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist, London; Bonhams, Lucie Rie - The Sale of a Lifetime, London, April 17, 1997, Lot 163

  • Exhibited

    “Issey Miyake Meets Lucie Rie,” Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo, May 10–June 7, 1989

  • Literature

    Issey Miyake Meets Lucie Rie, exh. cat., Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo, 1989, illustrated p. 96, item 11

  • 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 “Prune” pot

ca. 1958
Stoneware, layered manganese glaze.
7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.) diameter.
Impressed with artist's seal.  Together with a certificate confirming provenance.

$6,000 - 9,000 


9 June 2010
New York