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  • Provenance

    Lucie Rie, Albion Mews Studio, London
    Graham Gallery, New York 1989

  • Literature

    Tony Birks, Lucie Rie, Yeovil, 1999, front cover, similar example on p. 151

  • 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 with inlaid lines

circa 1980
Porcelain, matt white glaze over a design of parallel pairs of lines inlaid in blue repeated inside and out.
25.2 cm (9 7/8 in) diameter
Impressed with artist’s seal. Together with a copy of the purchase invoice from the Graham Gallery.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £10,000

Design

26 April 2012
London