Lucie Rie - Design London Monday, September 26, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lucie Rie, Albion Mews Studio, London, 1976

  • Exhibited

    ‘Issey Miyake meets Lucie Rie’, Sogetsu Gallery, Tokyo, 10 May–7 June 1989 and The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 27 June–30 July 1989; ‘Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, and their pupils: a selection of contemporary ceramics illustrating their influence’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 2 October–16 December 1990 and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Adeane Gallery, Cambridge, 22 January–1 April 1991; ‘Lucie Rie’, Crafts Council, London, 30 January–5 April 1992; ‘Lucie Rie/Hans Coper’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 15 November 1994–21 May 1995; ‘Lucie Rie Gebrannte Erde’, MAK, Vienna, 14 July–12 September 1999; ‘Gwen John & Lucie Rie’, Olympia, London, 22–27 February 2001; ‘Ceramic Modernism, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and their legacy’, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 25 May–2 September 2002; ‘Hans Coper Retrospective: Innovation in 20th-Century Ceramics’, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, 12 September–29 November 2009, then travelled to: The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shiga (13 March–17 June 2010), Panasonic Electric Works, Shiodome Museum, Tokyo (26 June–5 September 2010), Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (18 September– 23 November 2010), Iwate Museum of Art, Iwate (4 December 2010–13 February 2011), and Shizuoka City Museum of Art, Shizuoka (9 April–26 June 2011)

  • 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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Cylindrical vase with flaring neck

Porcelain, dark brown manganese glaze, blue shoulder and lip, sgraffito and inlaid blue bands.
26.6 cm (10 1/2 in) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £18,750


27 September 2011