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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, UK

  • Literature

    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Marston Magna, 2004, illustrated p. 190; Oliver Watson, British Studio Pottery: The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford, 1990, p.108 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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Important large vase

1980
Mixed stoneware body creating an integral multi-colored and textured spiral. Impressed with artist’s seal.
14 1/2 in. (37 cm.) high
Impressed with artist’s seal.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $47,500

Design Masters

15 December 2010
New York