Tall vase with flaring lip and integral spiral

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  • Provenance

    Fischer Fine Art, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owners, 1984

  • Exhibited

    "Lucie Rie: Hans Coper," Fischer Fine Art, London, July 5-August 3, 1984
    "Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection," The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 1, 2010-March 13, 2011

  • Literature

    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1994, pp. 189-90 for similar examples

  • 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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Property from the Collection of Diane and Marc Grainer

Lucie Rie

Tall vase with flaring lip and integral spiral

1984
Stoneware, mixed clays producing an integral pink and green spiral.
12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) high
Underside impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 6 June 2019