Footed bowl

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Besson, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    'Lucie Rie', Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, 12-30 May 1989
    'Serene Beauty: Lucie Rie Retrospective 100th Anniversary of her Birth', The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park / The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, 6 April-30 June 2002; MIURART Village, Miura Museum of Art, Matsuyama, 7 July-16 September 2002
    'Lucie Rie: A Retrospective', The National Art Centre, Tokyo, 28 April-21 June 2010

  • Literature

    Serene Beauty: Lucie Rie Retrospective 100th Anniversary of her Birth, exh. cat., The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park / The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, 2002, illustrated pp. 66-67
    Lucie Rie: A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, illustrated p. 167

  • 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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Lucie Rie

Footed bowl

late 1970s
Porcelain, manganese and pale blue glaze, circular impressed designs inlaid with glaze are repeated freehand in sgraffito on the interior.
10.1 cm (3 7/8 in.) high, 13 cm (5 1/8 in.) diameter
Impressed with artist's seal.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £32,500

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta E Costa
Head of Sale, Associate Director, Design
+44 20 7318 4019
mhortaecosta@phillips.com

Lucie Rie and Hans Coper – Potter and Artist

London Auction 18 October 2018