Conical bowl

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  • Provenance

    Galerie 66, Eckernförde
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, late 1980s

  • Literature

    John Houston, ed., Lucie Rie: a survey of her life and work, exh. cat., Crafts Council and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1981, p. 88 for a similar example

  • Artist Bio

    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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Property from a Private Collection, Northern Germany

Lucie Rie

Conical bowl

circa 1980
Porcelain, manganese glaze, radiating inlaid and sgraffito design.
21.8 cm (8 5/8 in.) diameter
Underside impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

sold for £20,000

Contact Specialist
Antonia King
Interim Head of Sale
+44 20 7901 7944
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Design

London Auction 17 October 2019