Lucie Rie - Design London Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sir Ove and Lady Arup, thence by descent

  • Exhibited

    ‘Lucie Rie’, Crafts Council, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, November 1981; ‘Lucie Rie’, Crafts Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, February 1982

  • Literature

    John Houston, Lucie Rie, A Survey of Her Life and Work, exh. cat., Crafts Council, London, 1981, illustrated p. 44, item 17

  • 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 vase with flaring lip


Mixed clays thrown together to produce an integral spiral.

35.5 cm. (14 in.) high

Impressed with artist’s seal and with Crafts Council exhibition sticker ‘17’.

£12,000 - 18,000 


7 April 2011