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  • Provenance

    Private collection, United States, acquired directly from the artist, 1952
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    "Lucie Rie/Hans Coper: Masterworks by Two British Potters," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 15, 1994-May 21, 1995

  • 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, Minnesota


Set of oil and vinegar bottles and saucers

circa 1952
Stoneware, white and manganese glaze.
Taller bottle: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Each tray: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) high, 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) diameter

Underside of each bottle and each tray impressed with artist's seal.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $6,930

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New York Auction 9 December 2020