Sake cup

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Yorkshire

  • 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, p. 79 for a similar example
    Lucie Rie: A Retrospective, exh. cat., The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010, p. 138 for a similar example
    Lucie Rie: A Retrospective, exh. cat., Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, et al., Ibaraki, 2015, p. 91 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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Lucie Rie

Sake cup

Porcelain, inlaid blue lines, manganese interior and foot.
5.9 cm (2 3/8 in.) high
Impressed with artist's seal.

£4,000 - 6,000 

sold for £3,750

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Madalena Horta E Costa
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+44 20 7318 4019

Lucie Rie and Hans Coper – Potter and Artist

London Auction 18 October 2018