Lucie Rie - Design London Friday, June 19, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Bunny and Sandy Rogers, Dundonnell, commissioned from the artist
    Sotheby's, London, 'The Rogers Collection', 28 January 1998, lot 403
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work was part of a larger commission of patio furnishings designed by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper for the couturier Bunny Rogers and his brother Sandy's country house in Dundonnell on Loch Broom, Scotland.

  • 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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circa 1958
Stoneware, flowing green glaze.
20.4 x 28.5 x 21.5 cm (8 x 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in.)
Impressed with artist's seal.

£3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for £15,000

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London Auction 19 June 2020