Lucie Rie - Design: Online Auction New York Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, Belgravia, "Studio Ceramics," July 3, 1980, lot 200
    Acquired from the above
    Christie's, London, "Contemporary Ceramics," February 19, 1985, lot 154
    Acquired from the above

  • 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


Conical bowl

circa 1960
Porcelain, manganese glaze with sgraffito on exterior, yellow glaze with inlaid design on the interior, horizontal blue band repeated inside and outside.
2 in. (5.1 cm) high, 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) diameter
Underside impressed with artist's seal.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $10,080

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