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  • Literature

    John Houston and David Cripps, Lucie Rie, London, 1981, p. 82, fig. 163 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot was a wedding gift from Sybil Burton, Richard Burton’s then wife, to the satirist Peter Cook and Wendy Cook on the occasion of their wedding in New York in 1963. This lot is being sold together with a handwritten letter of provenance and a book by Wendy Cook, So Farewell Then Peter Cook, with photographs of the wedding and Sybil Burton.

  • 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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Cylindrical bulb bowl

Stoneware, white pitted and flowing glaze, manganese elements in the body creating a brown speckle.
4 3/8 in (11 cm) high, 9 1/4 in (23.5 cm) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

$6,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $9,375


12 December 2012
New York