Lucie Rie - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist, London
    Thence by descent to the present owner, 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 the Estate of Dame Lucie Rie


Unique footed bowl

circa 1978
Porcelain, golden manganese glaze with sgraffito, the interior unglazed with inlaid radiating design. Turquoise green ring, terracotta and black designs crossed with sgraffito in the well and repeated around the foot.
3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) high, 7 7/8 in. (20 cm) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

$60,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $200,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016