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  • Provenance

    Bonhams, ‘Contemporary Ceramics’, London, 26 March 1992, lot 221

  • Exhibited

    ‘Lucie Rie and Hans Coper: Masterworks by two British Potters’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 15 November 1994–21 May 1995, item R32

  • Literature

    Lucie Rie and Hans Coper: Masterworks by Two British Potters, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994, illustrated onp. 8

  • 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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Footed bowl

circa 1982
Porcelain, pale green and golden manganese glazes, with a strong speckle throughout.
15.5 cm (6 1/8 in) diameter
Impressed with artist’s seal. Together with a copy of the purchase invoice from Bonhams Auctioneers.

Estimate
£14,000 - 18,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £39,650

Design

26 April 2012
London