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  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist

  • Exhibited

    ‘Lucie Rie’, Crafts Council, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, November 1981;
    ‘Lucie Rie’, Crafts Council, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, February 1982
    ‘Issey Miyake meets Lucie Rie’, Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo, 10 May–7 June 1989 and The
    Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 27 June–30 July 1989
    ‘Lucie Rie’, Tate St. Ives, May 16–September 27, 2009
    ‘Lucie Rie – A Retrospective,’ The National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan, April 28–June 21,
    2010, then travelled to The Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
    (August 7–September 26, 2010), MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (October
    9–December 1, 2010), The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan (December 11–
    February 13, 2011), Paramita Museum, Mie Prefecture, Japan (February 26–April 17, 2011),
    Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan (April 29–June 26, 2011)

  • Literature

    John Houston, Lucie Rie, A Survey of Her Life and Work, exh. cat., Crafts Council, London, 1981, illustrated p. 82, item 161
    Issey Miyake meets Lucie Rie, exh. cat., Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo and The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1989, illustrated pp. 9, 101, item 30
    Lucie Rie – A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, illustrated p. 136, item 90
    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1999, illustrated pp. 79, 150, 221

  • Catalogue Essay

    PQ: ‘The Modernist movement was just a catalyst to embody her inner desire.’ Yoshiaki Inui

  • 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

Stoneware, pitted pure white glaze.
5 1/2 in (14.1 cm) high, 14 7/8 in (38 cm) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York