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  • Provenance

    Alicat Gallery, London, acquired directly from the artist, 1974
    Jon Catleugh, Richmond, Surrey, acquired from the above, 1974
    John Driscoll, Lunenburg, Massachusetts, acquired from the above, 1984
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1984

  • 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 for a similar example
    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1994, pp. 145, 147, 204 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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Property from the Westminster Collection


Bottle with cylindrical body and flaring lip

circa 1968
Porcelain, golden manganese glaze, dry terracotta shoulder and lip, with radiating sgraffito design, three bands of blue inlay.
9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $67,500

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New York Auction 6 June 2018