Lucie Rie - Design London Thursday, November 12, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kösters Kunstkammer, Mönchengladbach
    Baroness Margot Winkler von Mohrenfels, Hemhofen, acquired from the above 1978
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • 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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'Knitted' footed bowl

circa 1978
Stoneware, inlaid with semi-transparent pink glaze, feathered manganese rim.
9 cm (3 1/2 in.) high, 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £17,640

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London Auction 12 November 2020