Lucie Rie - Design New York Monday, December 14, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, circa 1970
    Private collection, UK
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Catrine, 2009, p. 126 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 a Private Collection, UK

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Vase with flaring lip and integral spiral

circa 1970
Porcelain mixed clays creating an integral green and white spiral.
10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm) high
Impressed with artist's seal and underside with gallery label PETER DINGLEY GALLERY/STRATFORD-UPON-AVON/made by:/Lucie Rie.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 15 December 2015 1pm