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  • Provenance

    Galerie Besson, London, 1990

  • Exhibited

    “Nine Potters,” Fischer Fine Art, London, September–October 1986; “Lucie Rie,” Galerie Besson, London, April–June 1988

  • Literature

    Nine Potters, exh. cat., Fischer Fine Art, London, 1986, illustrated p. 28; Lucie Rie, exh. cat., Galerie Besson, London, 1988, illustrated p. 58; Issey Miyake Meets Lucie Rie, exh. cat., Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo and Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1989, p. 12, item 95 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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Large conical bowl

ca. 1985
Stoneware, white feldspathic glaze over a mixed clay body producing a delicate pink and blue spiral.
5 in. (12.7 cm.) high, 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) diameter
Underside impressed with artist’s seal and with applied label “LR/135.”

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,250

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York