Lucie Rie - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist, Vienna, 1938
    Collection of the artist, London, 1938
    Bonhams, ‘Dame Lucie Rie: Sale of a Lifetime’, London, 17 April 1997, lot. 10

  • Catalogue Essay

    In September 1938 Lucie Rie “arrived in London bringing with her a small collection of her Viennese Pots in a suitcase, many of which cracked in transit” (Frankel, Modern Pots – Hans Coper, Lucie Rie & their Contemporaries, London, 2000, p. 70). This is one of those prized possessions brought with her from Vienna. Since graduating from the Kunstgewerbeschule in 1926 and prior to her arrival in the UK, Rie had enjoyed an increasingly international recognition for her unashamedly
    modern ceramics. These austere pieces were influenced by the materiality of the Modernist architecture and design that was emerging in central Europe at that time and rejected the decorative style of her tutor Michael Powolny. She received the Gold Medal at the Brussels exhibition in 1935 and another Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale in 1936. In 1937,
    Josef Hoffman had built a glass-walled corridor at the Austrian Pavilion at the Paris International Exhibition to display 70 of Lucie’s pots.

  • 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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Very rare pot from the ‘Vienna Period’

circa 1936
Earthenware, pale cream pitted glaze.
10.7 cm (4 1/4 in) high
Painted with 'L.R.G. WIEN'.

£3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for £3,000


26 April 2012