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

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  • Exhibited

    ‘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

    Lucie Rie – A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, illustrated p. 66, item 20

  • 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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Early squared vase

Earthenware, flowing green and brown glazes.
17.5 cm (6 7/8 in) high
Impressed with artist’s seal.

£3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for £5,250


26 April 2012