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  • Literature

    John Houston, ed., Lucie Rie: a survey of her life and work, exh. cat., Sainsbury Center, Norwich, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1981, p. 76 for a similar example
    Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, and their pupils: A selection of contemporary ceramics illustrating their influence, exh. cat., Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 1990, p. 22 for a similar example
    Margot Coatts, ed., Lucie Rie & Hans Coper–Potters in Parallel, exh. cat., Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1997, p. 60 for a similar example
    Lucie Rie – A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, p. 146 for a similar example

  • 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 Estate of Claire Frankel


Covered bowl

circa 1958
Porcelain, radiating inlaid design and interior with matching sgrafitto design, manganese glaze on the interior, lip, and handle.
5 1/2 in. (14 cm) high, 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) diameter
Underside impressed with artist's seal.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 29 July 2020